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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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

You May Need to Change Your Gospel…

First of all, Happy New Year! Second of all, Happy Birthday to me! My birthday is today. (In case anyone feels the need to send me a gift, you can get in contact with me for my address.) Anyway, the New Year is a strange time. It is really no different than December 31st, or any other day of the year for that matter, yet people suddenly feel the motivation to change their lives and their circumstances. Continue reading You May Need to Change Your Gospel…

Effort and Earning

I have been really bad at being consistent in my posts so sorry for anyone who has been anxiously awaiting my next one (yeah I’m talking to you mom).

I really do want to be more regular. I suppose it’s harder than I thought to balance all of my responsibilities and also find time to think through a post, write it, re-write it, re-re-rewrite it, disagree with myself after I’ve written it, start all over, Continue reading Effort and Earning

Theology With a Limp

Normally I’ve been attempting to post every Saturday, but because of my move back to Chicago for another school term, my readjusting to a new schedule, and the need to do homework before writing I’ve fallen behind. I will be doing my best to continue to post every Saturday from here on out…but no promises. Continue reading Theology With a Limp