Honestly, I don’t like church when it doesn’t apply to me. I mean, what is the point? (Daaaaamnn, Savvy…real talk here… – Rachel 😉 ) The same goes for women’s ministry. Yes, I’m talking about those late morning brunches with pastries and strawberries, craft evenings, going-through-how-to-be-a-woman-of-God book evenings that are just a few examples of what encompasses women’s ministry (at least in my experience). Now … Continue reading Is Women’s Ministry More Than Motherhood?
It started by reading a viral blog post titled ‘men prefer debt-free virgins without tattoos’ as well as the follow up post. These blog posts for me brought up issues that I had growing up in the church as a young women. I had flashbacks of being a young 14 year old girl entertaining a baby at church and being told by an older man that … Continue reading I Don’t Care What Men Prefer
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
“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 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
“Twenty years and he wants a divorce.” I freeze. Soap bubbles still running on my hands. The lady leans across the coffee bar with sad, translucent eyes. Seconds ago, she was wincing about how we ran out of kombucha. Now she’s nodding her head, chin propped up by her hand, like, yes, so sad, but she’s telling me how her husband asked for a divorce. … Continue reading Jesus-sizing Coffee
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
After Jesus, wine-tasting, and scandalous literary fiction, my next favorite hot topic is emotion. Past blog posts include: Feeling Offended, Feeling Paranoid, Emotional Labor, Hungover At Church, all that jazz. As a millennial very much entrenched in our self-care culture, I keep hearing: Be honest with yourself, be in touch with your emotions, don’t suppress negative feelings, introspect—habits that I’m told are healthy. Especially as a … Continue reading How To Be Resilient