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

Quotes from Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship: Introduction

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor executed for his involvement in a plot to kill Hitler, is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of modern time. But theologians are often lengthy, esoteric, and complex … not always the easiest to understand. What follows are eight quotes from Bonhoeffer’s “Introduction” to his 1937 classic The Cost … More Quotes from Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship: Introduction

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

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

A God Who Heals

Sometimes people die. Unexpectedly. Sometimes everybody keeps getting cancer. Sometimes fear and hate are winning in our whole world. And working hard doesn’t guarantee progress. Sometimes you’re exhausted. Tired of mourning. Tired of patience. Ready for peace. Ready for answers. And then God comes in and says, “Hey, remember that chain you’ve been bound by … More A God Who Heals