Starting to Speak

Some lovely words from my friend Anna on this Jesus I follow and proclaiming what He truly stands for: grace, truth, and radical love.

Every Thought Captive

I’ve always held off on speaking my mind, I think because I’m pretty sure no one cares. I don’t say that out of self-pity; no one should care. I’m a 22 year old white girl from Illinois. I have lots of privilege and very little life experience. I’m about as plain a human being as you could imagine. I know this. I’m not even offended by it. It’s just a fact. But I think right now, that’s the very reason I need to speak out.

Over the last few months, my heart has been broken again and again by my continual realization of how the average American experiences and perceives Christianity. I’ve heard friends tell me of the hurtful experiences of condemnation and judgment they’ve had with Christians, seen the damage done to the lives of LGBT individuals under the guise of Christianity, and, just yesterday, watched a man scream…

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How Do We Understand an Infinite God in a Tangible World?

Happy Easter, Wanderers!!

Today, I thought I would share some important and very relatable reflections on the tangibility of God written by my friend Danny. After all, today is one of the most essential holy days of the Christian faith, but it celebrates an event most Christians never saw, heard, or felt first hand–the death and resurrection of Christ. However, Danny and I are both of the firm opinion that He is very real, tangible, and active in our lives. Please read and enjoy, and feel free to ask me any questions it raises. I’d love to try to help you out.

He is risen indeed!!

–Erin

Unfolding Narrative

There are times in my life where God feels really distant. It is hard to pray, hard to read the Word, hard to worship the Lord because he doesn’t seem physically tangible. How can I commune with an infinite God who can be so difficult to grasp intellectually in a physical world?

"Baby's Hand" by fruity monkey licensed under CC BY 2.0 “Baby’s Hand” by fruity monkey licensed under CC BY 2.0

I agree with the age-old adage that actions speak louder than words. I would almost go as far as saying this isn’t even a subjective statement, but human nature. Words can only get us so far. Actions tell a better story. A lot of times, words are necessary to complement our actions, but if you really think about it, you will agree too.

It’s one thing for a boss to tell their employee that he or she is doing a good job. It’s another for them to say…

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My Identity in Christ

Totally awesome post from a great friend of mine. We all (and especially me) need to remember that we don’t have to perform or pretend to get Jesus to say “I love you.” He lavishes love on us freely.

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I’ve been learning so much over the past few weeks, but one of the most important things is that I have a secure identity in Christ, and that my need for significance, worth and approval is found in Him alone.

During the latter part of high school and during my freshman year of college, I thought that I could earn God’s approval through my own efforts. I always thought that if I just tried harder, God would like me more and reward me accordingly. High achievement and personal success became my idol, whether it was in academics, sports, or pleasing people. I have always had an inner desire to excel, but this turned into crushing perfectionism as I sought to “make God happy” and be the best of the best.

I did achieve a lot of success, but none of it was truly fulfilling. And I thought that once…

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