“For God’s sake, come undone,” said no one ever. But what if it is exactly what we need to do in order to see God? Personally, I have been trying to hold it together for years now. Not until this past year, whe[...]
It was the first potted plant I tried to grow, and it had thrived so well I was beginning to hope it meant I had a green thumb. Then one day I noticed that some of the leaves were turning dark. They got drier a[...]
Chuck Winter, retired Charis Fellowship pastor in the Pacific Northwest, writes regularly for the The Good Life, a monthly publication in Central Washington that focuses on faith and community. In January, he w[...]
The young woman looked like my former student. She acted like my former student. She even sounded like her. But she couldn’t be. It had been fifteen years since I had seen her. I remembered her as a quiet middl[...]
It was my first trip to Alaska, and I was deeply disappointed. We landed in heavy fog, and for the next two days I strained my eyes trying to see where I was going. I started to wonder whether the scenic views [...]
Grace College history professor, Jared Burkholder, has written a guest post at patheos.com about the purity movement of the 1980s and 1990s. A portion of that post appears below. Click here to read the complete[...]
I acknowledged my same-sex orientation in the middle of ninth grade. The clues had been present years before, of course. I distinctly remember my interest in the YMCA men’s locker room after 5th-grade swimming [...]
As I was browsing Facebook early in the morning, I came across an article covering the Wesco tragedy in Cameroon. This was the first I had heard of the news. Only a few weeks ago, a 44-year-old man named Charle[...]
One of my best friends began to pull back from friendships at church, dropped out of serving, and became obsessed with work and with his appearance. I feared for his marriage, wondering if he was involved in an[...]
I couldn’t believe it! It was a classmate’s birthday, and my friend and I had wanted to host a celebration in one of the lounges of our dorm. So while my friend baked two round layers of cake mix, I made a big [...]
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