7 Quotes on Vocation from Parker J. Palmer’s “Let Your Life Speak”

“The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  I’ve heard this quote by Frederick Buechner — shoutout if you already knew his name is pronounced BEAK-ner — about a billion times. It’s one of the most popular bits of advice for people of faith seeking to … More 7 Quotes on Vocation from Parker J. Palmer’s “Let Your Life Speak”

Holy Saturday: Gutted with Loss and Completely Hopeless

This will sound incredibly strange, to pretty much everyone, but tomorrow is my favorite day of the entire year. Holy Saturday. Yeah, I know. By all accounts, this should be the worst possible day. Holy Saturday is the day after Jesus was killed. If you were one of his followers, you probably feel numb. By … More Holy Saturday: Gutted with Loss and Completely Hopeless

When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

Three years ago, I visited a space that made me feel very alienated as a Christian. (I’m fairly certain that sharing the exact details would be contrary to the point — and unhelpful — but, for context, it was one of a number of church or para-church spaces I’ve encountered over my life that share … More When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

The Pastor Murdered for Plotting to Kill Hitler

At age 39, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed — in a Nazi concentration camp — for his role in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. But Bonhoeffer wasn’t a soldier or a war hero. He wasn’t a brooding, intense Tom Cruise character from a Hollywood movie. He wasn’t a dark and troubled antihero. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a … More The Pastor Murdered for Plotting to Kill Hitler

Raised in the Church? Here’s How to Make Faith Your Own

I grew up in church. I rarely missed a week Sunday school or youth group. I was raised on VeggieTales and Christian radio, and I loved it. (I’ll sing every word of something from “Silly Songs with Larry” later, if you’d like.) But as a pre-teen and teenager, I became increasingly worried about the question … More Raised in the Church? Here’s How to Make Faith Your Own

Church Isn’t Youth Group Anymore — Shifting to Adulthood

I grew up going to church, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I really fell in love with what church and Christian community could be. Church is awesome when you’re a teenager. Don’t get me wrong — being a teenager is terrible a lot of the time. Middle school is the worst. You’re … More Church Isn’t Youth Group Anymore — Shifting to Adulthood