Being Shattered These 4 Ways Saved My Christian Faith

Shortly after his wife’s death, well-known Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote: “My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered from time to time. God shatters it. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of God’s presence?” Growing up Protestant and Evangelical, I wasn’t … More Being Shattered These 4 Ways Saved My Christian Faith

19 C.S. Lewis Quotes for When a Christ-Centered Life Is Too Obnoxiously Hard

I’ve known about C.S. Lewis since I was young. Growing up, my mom read us The Chronicles of Narnia before bed. One of the most unique things about C.S. Lewis is that pretty much all Christians — whether liberal or conservative; regardless of denomination — tend to like his writing. A British novelist and Oxford-educated … More 19 C.S. Lewis Quotes for When a Christ-Centered Life Is Too Obnoxiously Hard

“Called by God” – What Does That Really Mean?

As a lifelong Evangelical (who turned — gasp — progressive in college), I often bristle at certain words or phrases that tend to be overused in Christian circles. Do you ever notice how “blessed” can feel like cliche we mostly use in Instagram captions about our iced coffee? Or how a person’s assertion that “God called me … More “Called by God” – What Does That Really Mean?

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