Theology

When grief and Bible study collide

Two years ago at this time, I had my father-daughter dance five months before my actual wedding. I tried on my dress in the Catan’s Bridal suite, gathered my un-hemmed skirt, and shuffled over to Dad’s wheelchair to ask him to dance with me. Mom played Pachelbel Canon on her iphone while we “danced” as… Continue reading When grief and Bible study collide

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Theology, Writing & Publishing

This is the story I will wrestle with forever

I think I have, as blogger Libby Anne put it so succinctly, salvation anxiety. I think about all the people growing up in isolated religious bubbles being taught that this way is the only way to faith (yes, I’m using “faith” as a verb). Meanwhile, 90% of all the other Christian denominations are insisting they’re… Continue reading This is the story I will wrestle with forever

Theology

What Christians get wrong about love

Throughout my participation in Campus Crusade for Christ, I heard this message countless times in sermons, bible studies, and prayer groups: There is no such thing as real love outside of Jesus. I was new to Christianity then. It still had this shiny, new toy appeal to it. So I swallowed that line without thinking… Continue reading What Christians get wrong about love

Theology

No, I’m not calling Jesus a liar: Christians and responses to depression

During my one-year stint as a counseling major at seminary, I’ll never forget the first day of my last semester. The professor asked the class to stand up, and if you believed it was a sin to have depression, move to the left side of the classroom. If you believed it wasn’t a sin, move… Continue reading No, I’m not calling Jesus a liar: Christians and responses to depression