Editorial

I Am A Reformer 1920 1080 Traci Rhoades

I Am A Reformer

Reformer: a person who makes changes to something in order to improve it. I suppose it’s time I called it like it is. Rather than wearing the title as a…

Make No Excuses For This 1920 1280 Aliyah Lauren Jacobs

Make No Excuses For This

I was still rubbing my thick, heavy, sleep weary eyes when I got the message on my phone. It was from my brother who, by his own admission, is not…

Christian Confessional 1920 1280 Aidan Rogers

Christian Confessional

Let’s get something straight – as Christians, we are not immune from the same kind of thinking that the world has about prayer (or about any number of other spiritual…

How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide 1920 1280 Aaron J. Smith

How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide

I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to be another exit story, another dissatisfied customer, another exvangelical. I wanted to stay, to affect change, to help heal the wounds…

Stop Absolving God 1920 1033 Laura Jean Truman

Stop Absolving God

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…

When All That Is Left Is Jesus 1920 1211 Kaitlin Curtice

When All That Is Left Is Jesus

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,…

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

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

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…

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

An Atheist & A Christian Walk Into A Bar

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…

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

Hey Church, Stop Sad-Shaming Me

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…

Burned Out On Religion 1920 1281 David Ruybalid

Burned Out On Religion

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…

The Ugly Truth About Diversity 1920 1440 Leslie Verner

The Ugly Truth About Diversity

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…

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

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

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…