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

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

Prayer Walk: What It Feels Like to Encounter the Holy Spirit

I’ve never really been a prayer walk type of person. I’m not spiritual enough. I mean, my faith matters to me. A ton. But I’ve never been one of those super-Christian who dedicates hours to walking around and praying. Like, who has the time … or the patience or the self-discipline … to actually do that? Maybe … More Prayer Walk: What It Feels Like to Encounter the Holy Spirit

Prayer Retreat: Figuring Out Who I’m Going to Be

A couple weekends ago, I went on a Celtic prayer retreat. A friend and I drove my little Mazda 3 up to an undeveloped camp site a few hours north of Seattle … and we spent the weekend camping with a group of people we’d never met. I’d never camped with strangers, and I’d never been on a prayer … More Prayer Retreat: Figuring Out Who I’m Going to Be

The Screwtape Letters: Not My Favorite From C.S. Lewis

To be completely honest, I don’t particularly like C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. It’s nothing against Lewis as an author. If anything, he might be my all-time favorite Christian writer. Between his intellect, wisdom, raw vulnerability, and ability to present complex, confusing, multifaceted, challenging truths in a beautiful and clear way … Lewis’ words have come alongside me during some … More The Screwtape Letters: Not My Favorite From C.S. Lewis

Hip Megachurch Pa$tor Wears De$igner Jeans: Is It an I$$ue?

The other day, an acquaintance I met at a Bible study shared on Facebook about her amazing experience visiting the Beverly Hills campus of her local church. This church is wildly popular. It’s a megachurch with multiple campuses in different cities, a flurry of celebrities in various locations, and its pastor is well known on social media. It’s … More Hip Megachurch Pa$tor Wears De$igner Jeans: Is It an I$$ue?

Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

Sunday morning, I woke up — as many of us did — to the news that 50 people had been killed, and 53 more people injured, in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most casualties in any mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is believed to have ties to Islamic extremism. The victims were at a Pulse, a gay nightclub. A religious … More Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

Religious Institutions Really Bother Me

Like any good Protestant, I was raised to have a healthy suspicion of religious institutions. Think about it. My entire branch of Christianity started as a reactionary movement against a religious institution — the Roman Catholic church — that had developed practices we felt were deeply harmful and theologically flawed. So we protested what the … More Religious Institutions Really Bother Me