How To Be By Yourself

Listen up, fellow extroverts! Guest blogger Taylor Berglund has the secret to being by yourself…and it’s not what you expect. Here’s what he has to say: When Rachel first asked me to write on “being alone,” I thought it was a poorly-concealed jab at my relationship status. After all, being alone comes naturally to me. I’m an introvert, so my problem is the opposite—if I … Continue reading How To Be By Yourself

Can God Speak to You?

Who is this Pentecostal God, sneaking around, putting words into people’s mouths, into their ears, wooing them to places they may or may not want to go?* Okay, so! I work at a charismatic-Christian publishing house which means that at work, I’m immersed in literature about getting closer to God, speaking in tongues, and, above all, hearing God’s voice. I always assumed the latter was a … Continue reading Can God Speak to You?

When I Went to a Burlesque Show

So I have a habit of putting myself in compromising situations. Not bad situations although that happens too. But the kind of situations where my moral barometer suddenly becomes muddied. Case in point! Picture me. Your average churchgirl minus the coffee addiction (cough, cough, Savvy). I’m at uni and my friend invites me to a burlesque show. Which is flattering because it shows that she … Continue reading When I Went to a Burlesque Show

When Christians Go Batshit Crazy

Strobe lights sweep across the auditorium. Music pounds against my eye sockets. Hands are in the air. They praise God with a passion that used to humble me to tears. I’m in my seat, arms crossed, eyes half open. Literally, I’m in a church. I’M IN A CHURCH AND THERE’S STROBE LIGHTS. I have been in the dregs of America’s Bible Belt for barely two … Continue reading When Christians Go Batshit Crazy

You Sound Like An Atheist

“May God bless you,’ the old lady told me. As she walked away, I exchanged a look with my dad, a look that read: That was weird. I’ve said this before in my blog. For most of my life, I grew up in a Christian Reformed Church—think hymns, creeds, pastors in long robes, Dutch Calvinists—and until going to college and transitioning to an expressive evangelical … Continue reading You Sound Like An Atheist

I Am (Not) a Victim

My last blog post, I wrote about anxiety and how I had struggled and still struggle with it. I realized, as I received positive feedback from friends and family about my honesty, that I have shared more in writing than speaking. There are so many reasons why. Firstly, writing is easier. You can refine your delivery and polish up your words. With speaking, in face-to-face human … Continue reading I Am (Not) a Victim

Manic Pixie Churchgirl

So!  A few weeks ago, I introduced a new app that Savvy and I are designing called EDGE, the Dating App for Interesting Christians.  Basically, it was in response to a handful of my friends (admittedly, mostly guys) who expressed how they want to meet a Christian girl – but a really cool, interesting Christian girl. Honestly, I understand this COMPLETELY.  When I was single, … Continue reading Manic Pixie Churchgirl

Burnt-out Girl

Photo by our favourite photographer, Jess Mcghie We asked Brooke to write about anything she wanted (we gave her free reign as she is my-Savvy’s-sister) and this is what she came up with: Before I chose to pursue my own relationship with Christ outside of my religious family and church background, I bought into the concept of self-love, self-care, and self-esteem. I would train to see myself … Continue reading Burnt-out Girl

Well, Actually… the Patriarchy Hurts Men Too

We asked guest blogger, Ashley, to write about one thing: MEN.  Here’s what she has to say: I don’t think I’ve ever sat down to specifically write about men.  I typically write about topics when I don’t think there is gender involved (so about men, the power dominant social group generally deems itself invisible[1]) or I set out to specifically highlight women or women’s contributions. … Continue reading Well, Actually… the Patriarchy Hurts Men Too