3 Things I’ve Learned From Reading the Entire Bible

“I think we need to do a Bible boot camp for you.” When my friend suggested this, I said no. Then I said maybe. This was last spring. At the time, I was overwhelmed with Christian stuff. Monday to Friday I worked for a Christian company. Sunday morning I went to church. Wednesday night I attended women’s Bible study. Everywhere in between, I hung out … Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned From Reading the Entire Bible

What I Long for the Most

“Rachel, are you joining?” A woman at church points to a stack of paperbacks in her Amazon Prime box. I stare. Open my mouth. Close my mouth. “The women’s Bible study?” she adds. Oh. Bible, good. Women, good. Studying together, good. “Yes,” I say. She hands me a copy of the study book. I examine the Instagram-perfect cover: Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When … Continue reading What I Long for the Most

What Saying Goodbye Taught Me About the Gospel

What does saying goodbye to your cat have to do with the Gospel? Guest blogger Jenny Rose Curtis reflects: Have you ever had to say goodbye? The kind of goodbye that leaves you with an awful sort of emptiness you can’t shake? As silly as it sounds, one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever faced was when I took my cat to the no-kill shelter. … Continue reading What Saying Goodbye Taught Me About the Gospel

Give Me Real Christianity

He’s a world-renowned evangelist. Millions of people have become Christians because of him. That should sound inspiring to me. Instead, I sit in the thousand-seater church, picking at a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and mentally consider my dessert options for afterwards. Donuts To Go or an Oreo McFlurry? I know what’s coming: an altar call. I dislike altar calls. I find them confrontational and emotionally-manipulative. (Read more about … Continue reading Give Me Real Christianity

Rachel Gets Road Rage

Okay. I don’t think this actually constitutes as road rage. But all I can say is: one minute I’m driving down a one-way road—there’s no sign but it’s definitely one-way, I know—and the next minute this lady in a van—blonde hair, like all the mean girls you see in teen dramas—comes head-to-head with me and suddenly, I have entered a game of chicken. You know, … Continue reading Rachel Gets Road Rage

What Happens When You Judge Me

I’ve encountered the holier-than-thou attitude in Christian circles more than once. My friend recalls a man in church who once told him: “There are first-class Christians and second-class Christians. First-class Christians are on fire for the Lord. They love Jesus, they come to church every Sunday eager to worship, and they read their Bible a lot. Second-class Christians, well, they just don’t get it. They … Continue reading What Happens When You Judge Me

What I Used to Believe

“I’m struggling with my faith.” Nothing sounded more annoying to me than those words. And I heard it all the time. From my Christian friends to my fellow churchgoers, from coworkers to pastors. “If you’re struggling with your faith.…” “Are you struggling with your faith?” “Yeah, I’m really struggling with my faith.” I would roll my eyes each time. For one thing, why is it … Continue reading What I Used to Believe