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?