Jesus Stuff

Why #Exvangelical and #EmptyThePews

Finding my way through deconstruction and back to reconstruction was hard. It wasn’t until I found the #Exvangelical community that I began to re-embrace my faith and figure out how to move forward in it. Before I get into what it means to be part of that and the #EmptyThePews movement, I want to give a rundown of what it’s …

Selfish Gain

We all are selfish at times. Sometimes we lose track of where the line of determination and self-care/support becomes selfish pursuit. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are doing things for others, when in fact, it’s all about us. There are a lot of selfish people within the Church. People who take advantage of the hearts and generosity of …

Tackling Control Issues Ruled by Fear

I am a control freak. It’s not fully my fault. As my mother and I discussed the other day, I am a control freak who was raised by a control freak. It makes for a terrible combination. One of the biggest problems with this is it really gets in the way of living by faith. Have you ever seen the …

Bible

Breaking down Jeremiah 29:11

I remember running into someone I had known before my life changed drastically from my mental breakdown. We spoke briefly about the struggle I had faced and why I left the Christian camp I worked at because of it. Noticing the tattoo script on my arm, they quickly said ‘Let me guess, Jeremiah 29:11?’ When I said yes, I received …

Is a crisis of faith a bad thing?

At the end of 2015, I made a confession about something that had terrified me to both face and admit. I was having a crisis of faith. Everything I thought I had believed about Christianity and church was flipped on its head. Bitterness from hurts I faced was rearing up and overpowering my drive to live a Christian walk. My …

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour. Those of us raised in Christianity are taught this simple statement as one of the fundamentals of the our faith. Its simplicity, however, is limited to its concept. Application of it is far more difficult than we often perceive. This commandment is not limited to Christians, of course. It is echoed in sentiments like the golden rule, …

Control is An Illusion that Triggers Anxiety

Living by faith when you are a person who needs to be in control is difficult. Although there are many reasons driving the need to constantly be in control, it is not something easily turned off. In my case, the overwhelming need to be in charge, to control my life, is a mixture of the effect of my mental illnesses …

When they go low, I will go high

As an INFJ, it is incredibly easy for me to feel discouraged and downtrodden when I feel like the fight for humanity is losing. Equally so, it is that very discouragement driving me forward with a passion to keep fighting for change and encouraging people (myself included) to be better and to do more. I won’t say we are at …

Finding my faith revolution

Two weeks ago, I sat on my couch sobbing in my husband’s arms as I realized that the faith I had been raised in and the faith I connected with were not entirely one and the same. I had known something was different about the way I viewed faith for most of my life, but I’ve often kept quiet about …

Prosperity Gospel vs Gospel Prosperity

The Prosperity Gospel is not a new concept. When the idea of televangelists first started to take over our tv’s, prosperity gospel seemed to go hand in hand with them. (If you haven’t seen John Oliver’s hilarious video on the topic, check it out here). Of course, John Oliver highlights some of the most ridiculous, obvious forms of prosperity gospel, …