Have You Ever Been to ‘Jesus Camp’?

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’?

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

How To Know If Your Faith is Real

Better hang on to that salvation pretty tightly.* If you’re a Christian who makes it a daily habit to second-guess yourself (guilty wave), you might relate to that panicked feeling of wondering if perhaps, maybe, just maybe, your faith in God is not authentic. Maybe it is, in fact, wobbly. Surface-level. But you don’t realize it. After all, surfacey people don’t know they’re surfacey. Are … Continue reading How To Know If Your Faith is Real

Why I Don’t Care About Self-Care

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

I Like Jesus but I Don’t Like Church

There ain’t no surrogate saviour for my soul, nah there ain’t no patron saint for rock and roll, I sing as I wash up the dinner dishes. I listen to Jon Foreman’s lyrics talk about becoming discouraged with the hypocrisy that he sees, but then he always come to the same conclusion (which incidentally is the chorus); there ain’t no surrogate saviour for my soul. I think … Continue reading I Like Jesus but I Don’t Like Church

When You Show Me Who You Really Are

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.* I hate this feeling. A car has blindsided me. Sidled up and crashed into me, shaking me awake. Okay, in reality, I’m steering safely through an intersection, blinkers blinking, windshield wipers wiping. But it feels like I’ve been blindsided. Not bumped by a tailgater. Not rammed into the car in front of me. … Continue reading When You Show Me Who You Really Are

How I Knew I Was Ready to Get Married

Featured Photo Credit: The Rivers How do you know when you’re ready to get married? Guest blogger Victoria Piraino opens up about being engaged: Have you ever reached the point when reality sets in and you don’t know how to respond to your raging emotions and thoughts? Well for me, one of those moments was when I got engaged. Change for most people can be … Continue reading How I Knew I Was Ready to Get Married