Photo Credit to my lovely friend Rachel S. (not blog-Rachel) who is a wonderful human being and you would all be lucky to know her. (so this is kind of a follow-up from Rachel’s most recent blog post, so feel free to read it first, if you haven’t already, here). These are the kinds of prayer requests that are being offered up; healing from cancer, … Continue reading Are My Problems Too Small?
This doesn’t happen often. But when it does, I notice it big time. I’m sitting in bible study—this was years ago, mind you—and a person shares with the group: “My biggest sin is pride.” And I’m like, really? Make no mistake, pride is destructive. Just read King Lear. But there is this feeling I get when someone’s problems sound less of a big deal than…cough, … Continue reading My Problems Are Worse Than Yours
I have always enjoyed paradoxes, the blending of opposites to make something new. I see paradoxes constantly around me but particularly in the nature of God. Especially when I do not understand the logic of His being. I was taught that God was real and listening so I have always thrown my questions in His face. My prayers as a child rarely felt innocent or … Continue reading How to Make Sense of a Paradoxical God
“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
She’s wearing a ring. I just met her today at the coffeeshop and now we’re splitting Ben & Jerry’s in the Walmart parking lot. The Florida sun wages warfare on our shoulders. I point my plastic spoon at her wedding ring and say: “How do you do it?” “What do you mean?” she says. “How do you stay committed?” I ask her. Because, you see, … Continue reading Jesus and the Single Girl
Guest blogger Sarah Joy “Shine” Curtis threw away her purity ring. Spoiler: she gets another one. Why? Read on: When I was sixteen, my dad and I went to Olive Garden and he gave me the ring. It was accompanied by a mini-speech about his heart for me and my future love life. That it all comes down to him wanting the best for me. That … Continue reading Why I Got Rid of My Purity Ring
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
What does it mean to be Pentecostal? Guest blogger Nicole Ponder has the scoop: I recently took a spiritual giftings test and scored highest in the following three things: Gift of Hospitality Gift of Discernment Gift of Tongues “Yep, okay, those make sense” was my reaction as I read the results. This was not my first giftings test in my thirty-one years. In fact, it was … Continue reading What’s Up With That Pentecostal Girl?
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
I remember sitting on the Tube, nervously replaying the events of that night in my head. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about sin. Not so much about what it is. I know how the Bible describes someone who sins: “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses … Continue reading What Sin Does to Me