It took me until I was twelve to realize it. I was at junior high and my mom came to help out at an event. When my classmate saw her, he whispered to me: “I didn’t know your mom was Chinese.” I didn’t know either. (Hey, Mom. Apparently, you’re Chinese.) That was the first time it dawned on me. I’m Asian. Or to be more … Continue reading Being That Sort of Asian 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
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
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Jesus Camp. You may have heard of it before. My siblings and I watched it, joking that we would see how mild our parents actually were, and it proved more thought-provoking than I thought it to be. Jesus Camp (2006) examines evangelical culture in a children’s church camp setting. As someone who grew up in a conservative and evangelical bubble, … Continue reading Have You Ever Been to ‘Jesus Camp’?
Let’s start with talking about me. I have been called a hot mess. All-over-the-place. Picture a forgetful stiletto-snapping female who still smells of college. I make last-minute plans, stroll straight into compromising situations (read ‘When I Went to a Burlesque Show’), and flaunt my naïveté like knockoff Pandora bracelets. With that in mind, I found an article on Whole Magazine called ‘Work and the Modern Christian … Continue reading What to Do When You’re a Hot Mess
I’ve been questioning a lot lately; about this God, who I believe is real, and about this Christian sub-culture that I’ve grown up and live in. I am not questioning the reality of either, but am questioning what to do with it. Tell me, how do you react to reality? I’ve always been slow to accept and will cautiously process from a distance until I’m … Continue reading Insular Christianity
Come on, guys. We are Generation Treat Yo-Self. This I know, for Parks and Recreation—and an article in The Guardian—told me so. Dear my fellow co-blogger, Savvy: I realize this blog post is a bit of an objection to your post “Take Care of Yourself.” You wrote about the importance of self-care and I don’t mean to argue against you. Actually, if I may spoil … Continue reading Why I Don’t Care About Self-Care
How do you feel about being single? Guest blogger Cole Forbes opens up: My last roommate just started dating, the final nail in the coffin of our once shared bachelorhood. A year ago now we stood four strong, basking in the glow of our loneliness together. Yet one-by-one they fell away into relationships until I was the last remaining holdout. All that remains is a … Continue reading Why I’m Okay With Being Single
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
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?