Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

“Everything Happens for a Reason”

I’ve heard this common phrase on the lips of many well-meaning Christians while comforting people during a time of suffering.

“I just heard that your brother has cancer. I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I know it’ll be ok. Everything happens for a reason.”

“I’m so sorry to hear about your divorce. I know it’s hard, but God has a plan.”

“Still can’t find a job? I’m sure that’s been difficult, but God’s timing is perfect.” Continue reading Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Calling All Prophets

I can still remember the day I took one of those online tests which supposedly help you identify your spiritual gifts. They asked me about 50 questions and at the end I was told what my spiritual gifts were (or might be). As I read through my top results I saw a list off all the other gifts a person could have, and there was one that I was surprised to see…prophesy. Continue reading Calling All Prophets

Do We Love God or Love What He Did?

Often, when I’m home, my mom cooks for me. I love it, especially when it’s tuna and noodles. (Please don’t judge me.) In fact, she has done a lot of things for me over the years that I have loved. She has done my laundry, completed my taxes, and even cleaned my room—seriously mom, God bless you. Continue reading Do We Love God or Love What He Did?

Rethinking Sin

The word Sin might as well contain four letters. It is often viewed as a “no no” word. Talking about sin means talking about condemnation and judgment, and living in a culture that is all about equality, acceptance, and encouragement means there is often little to no room for any discussion of sin (at least if you want to avoid being called a bigot). Continue reading Rethinking Sin

The Annoying Kid at Camp and What He Taught Me About Loving Enemies

A couple of years ago I went to a Christian camp with the youth group I was working with at the time. The camp was incredible and the kids had some really amazing experiences. Continue reading The Annoying Kid at Camp and What He Taught Me About Loving Enemies