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?

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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?

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

St. Francis’ Prayer

While working on my next post I revisited a prayer by Francis of Assisi. I honestly have not read a lot of prayers by historical church figures, however, this prayer is something very precious to me and it absolutely resonates with my soul. It is my prayer today, and I am hoping that it can be yours as well. May we all be an instrument of his peace. Continue reading St. Francis’ Prayer

The Good ISIS Member

If you are at all familiar with what I’ve written on this blog, or if you are familiar with my take on the Christian life, then you will know that I think it is a pretty big deal that we (Christians) should be peacemakers. We should be a people who are committed to bringing God’s kingdom to earth as it is in heaven, and that kingdom is a kingdom of peace. Now I think (that Jesus thinks) a big part of this is loving all people, and that “all people” even includes our enemies. When I talk about this I will often get two objections: Continue reading The Good ISIS Member