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Category: Asking the Hard Questions

Would I Still Be a Christian If Most of My Friends Were Not?

A few months ago I promised I had more “Would I still be a Christian if…” questions coming down the pike. I think I’ve been subconsciously avoiding writing about these questions despite my promise to. You see, they’re difficult and make me question my dependency on religion and I can’t handle that type of questioning every week. But between the last post about still being a Christian if I were not born into a Christian family and now, I think I’ve mustered the gusto. Would I still be a…

Can We Annoy God?

I’ve kept a journal for years now. I bet a lot of bloggers could say the same thing. We seem to be obsessed with the regular recording of everyday events. Anyways, from time to time I like to read old journals and compare myself to my younger self. A theme I’ve noticed in reading through some thoughts from the last few years is I worry that I annoy God. Seriously. I’ve always had this fear that I take way to too long to figure out His will or make excuses and claims that I…

What Did You Have to Give Yourself Permission to Do?

My favorite iPhone app is “Question of the Day.”As you’re well aware, I ask lots of questions and have been asking one difficult question a week since January. Though I may never ask another one again after 2011 because quite frankly it’s exhausting, I will continue to use the QotD app on road trips, during airport layovers, or even if things get really awkwardly silent at the dinner table. Why I haven’t ripped off questions from this app for every single post in this series is a good question in itself…

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? And Vice Versa

The cliche question I was doomed to ask during this blog series. People often use this question to disprove a loving God. How could a God who loves us allow such terrible things to happen to such good people? It’s a toughy. Good people don’t deserve to lose a child or get cancer or have their identity stolen or be raped. And bad people–the ones who you know are just out for themselves, who are selfish, or rude to you or never do what they say they’re going to do or cause…

Am I Working, or Just Wasting Time?

I talked to my mom yesterday about a conference she and my dad attended at my younger sister’s church in Waco, Texas. World Mandate is a weekend focused around missions and urgency and from talking to my mom, it was a weekend they won’t soon forget. One of the speakers they heard was Christine Caine. I’ve decided I need to get to know this person. Or at least hear her speak. Christine’s passion lies in ending the injustice of human trafficking and apparently she convinces people they should move to places like…

Are You Settling? And Is that So Bad?

The “S” word has such a bad rap. My generation–I think more than the ones before–has great pressure on it to never settle. We are to dream big, pursue those dreams, achieve them, then what? Dream bigger, pursue those dreams, achieve them. Then… I’m exhausted. Yet, the alternative is invariably worse: slowly forget your dreams of taking over the world while you were in college, your dreams of finding the perfect mate, of the perfect job that allows you to travel the world. Forget those thoughts and replace them with reality…

What Does the Bible Say About Exercise?

Today I celebrate Labor Day, meaning I’m not working as I hope most of you American readers are not doing as well. And since I’m not working today, I’m posting a link to work I did last week. On a blog called Her.meneutics (the Christianity Today Women’s blog) about a topic I’ve grown interested in: what exactly does God say about food and exercise, balance and the extremes? I had the opportunity to explore that a little in this blog post: Maggie Goes on a Diet: A Story for…

Am I Broken?

by guest blogger Katie Richards Around the age of 23 my mind began to flood with questions. Some of these questions came from the transition of college life to living in the real world.  These questions had me pondering what I wanted my life to be about, the contribution I wanted to make to this world and the risks I was willing to take to make this happen. But then there was another set of questions.  These questions were birthed out of pain and confusing life circumstance.  These question were much more introspective and their answers were not easy to…

What Makes Art Christian?

by guest blogger Kelsey Alexander Picture an oppressively hot July day in the middle of the Colorado Rockies. A Christian youth conference is underway on a local college campus, and its basketball stadium is steadily filling with teenagers. In walks a frizzy thirteen year-old redhead with a mouth full of braces and a fanatical love for the Backstreet Boys. Bible in hand, the frizzy redhead navigates the sea of jorts and WWJD bracelets and finds a seat next to her friends. Moments later, the speaker takes his place at the podium, adjusts his headset mic, and launches into a…

Am I Doing It Right?

by guest blogger Katie Noah Gibson That’s the question that has plagued me all my life. I am a classic oldest child – organized, responsible, driven to excel. These traits came in handy as I competed in spelling bees and made straight A’s, and later as I learned to drive, plan my own travel, pay my own bills, and write research papers (of which I wrote plenty as I earned two English degrees). When I want to learn how to do something, I consult a book, to make sure I’m doing it right. And I’ve always tried…