Creative Writing

Stop Absolving God

Stop Absolving God 1920 1033 Laura Jean Truman

It is a shame to try to use our logic to absolve God when our hearts are breaking. Everything happens for a reason, says the preacher, but we have lost…

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When All That Is Left Is Jesus

When All That Is Left Is Jesus 1920 1211 Kaitlin Curtice

Someone recently asked me, “Why on earth are you still going to church? You, of all people?”   They were referring to my indigenous ancestors, to things like colonialism, genocide,…

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Jesus, Social Injustice, & Me: Being A Voice For The Least Of These

Jesus, Social Injustice, & Me: Being A Voice For The Least Of These 1920 1280 Sierra White

What makes you excited?hat burns in your soul? What has God placed in your heart to do or say? I have been doing a lot of soul-searching these last few…

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An Atheist & A Christian Walk Into A Bar

An Atheist & A Christian Walk Into A Bar 1920 1221 Kaitlin Curtice

Actually, it was a social work classroom. She had a shaved head and I had some sort of pixie cut, and we slowly began sitting together, working together, answering questions…

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Hey Church, Stop Sad-Shaming Me

Hey Church, Stop Sad-Shaming Me 1920 1280 Jason Ramsey

Irecently heard a sermon about ‘how to avoid contentment’. It was part of an otherwise-enlightening series about ‘how to mess up’ in life. In it, the pastor, who I greatly…

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Burned Out On Religion

Burned Out On Religion 1920 1281 David Ruybalid

Ihave read the “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” a thousand times. I have heard pastors draw out from the older son’s conversation at the end of this parable. Here…

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The Ugly Truth About Diversity

The Ugly Truth About Diversity 1920 1440 Leslie Verner

Iam a white girl in a white city and I would never identify myself as a racist, but how many people of other races would actually call me “friend”? Until…

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5 Things The Church Must Become Before It’s Too Late

5 Things The Church Must Become Before It’s Too Late 1920 1353 Chris Kratzer

As a pastor, I believe in church and love her deeply, especially when the centerpiece of all she is and does is the Gospel of God’s pure Grace and the…

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Hold Tight To Hope

Hold Tight To Hope 1920 1279 Sarah Rennicke

Though You say You’re with me always, I feel left high and dry. You brought me so close to sweetness and then snatched it away and slammed the door on…

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Is This A Biblical Worldview?

Is This A Biblical Worldview? 1920 1133 Lyndsey Medford

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood issued a statement on sexuality condemning all LGBTQ+ identities and Christian affirmation of LGBTQ+ people as made in the image of God. There…

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It’s Okay To Deconstruct Your American Faith

It’s Okay To Deconstruct Your American Faith 1920 1276 Kaitlin Curtice

In college, I took a world literature class. We spent some time with famous stories from all over the world, including the literature of the Old Testament. Being a born…

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The other in the eyes of another

The other in the eyes of another 1919 1279 Aliyah Lauren Jacobs

When you see me – you don’t see me. You see me through the bias that causes you to blind-see. The prejudice you know you hold about me, the prejudice…

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