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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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

Orlando: No Explanation or Solution Offered Within

I debated for a long time on whether or not to write about the tragedy that has taken place in Orlando. As it always is with such events, the internet erupts with opinions and agendas from all over. I have gone back and forth on whether or not I should add to what can feel like complete chaos. Yet, my soul is grieved as I survey the bullet-riddled and hate-filled landscape that is the country I live in.

Continue reading Orlando: No Explanation or Solution Offered Within

5 Lessons Learned This Year

It has been far too long since I have posted something here, and for that I apologize. I have just recently finished up all of my assignments for my junior year of Bible college and just moved back home from Chicago for the summer. It was a crazy year full of ups and downs, and I have spent the last few days reflecting on my experience. Continue reading 5 Lessons Learned This Year

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