You've probably noticed: there have been a lot of voices and opinions on the Internet for the last week or two. I already shared this on my Instagram (which you should follow if you don't already, for updates like this and more bite-size thoughts: @gracematson_writer). Last week, I felt incredibly overwhelmed trying to sift through … Continue reading Taking a Brief Break
We've all heard this verse. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV) But have we really understood it? Or has … Continue reading God Deserves Our Radical Trust.
Today's reflection comes from The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter I, Section V. If you've grown up in a Christian home, it's very easy to believe that the Bible is true. Usually, that's been ingrained in you from the day you were born, your parents training you to see it as the Word of God. … Continue reading Confession Reflections: Why Do We Believe Scripture?
I googled the words "accept yourself" when I was getting ready to write this blog post, and it came up with page after page of results. "Accept Yourself for Who You Are". "How to Accept Yourself, Your Life, and Your Reality." "How to Accept Yourself Unconditionally." "Why Acceptance is the Answer to Most of Your … Continue reading Should We Accept Ourselves For Who We Are?
For the past little while, we've been exploring what it means to use the arts well as a Christian. I've argued that the arts are important for Christians to pay attention to, they are a valid career path for Christians, and that as Christians, our art should be of the highest quality. Today and next week, I want … Continue reading Should Christians Read Fiction?
Photo by David Hofmann on Unsplash I love the arts. I write fiction, and I am a voracious reader. I've been dancing since I was six. I sing in choir and play the piano. And recently, as I've started to make plans for my future, I've been thinking a lot about my purpose. Since the arts are such … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care About the Arts
We've all been told many times that to be good Christians, we should read our Bibles. But have you ever actually thought about why? Well, duh, you say, rolling your eyes, it's the Bible, Grace. Obviously we have to read it if we're Christians. But so often, we read it without really knowing what the point is, … Continue reading 4 Reasons to Read the Bible
Classmates shave their heads in solidarity with a sick child. Someone shares their meal with a homeless man on the street. A policeman stops to help a little kid tie their shoe. And the world cries, "Faith in humanity restored!" Even Christians talk this way without even thinking about it. But I think there's a … Continue reading Why Christians Shouldn’t Have Faith in Humanity
Can you imagine having to kill an animal every time you sinned? Each angry word, impatient attitude, selfish action. Every time you worried. Every time a lustful thought, a jealous thought, a prideful thought entered your mind. Every time you put something else before God in your heart. One of the most prominent features of the … Continue reading Lessons from the Law: The Sacrificial System
What Bible verses do you see quoted most often? John 3:16, perhaps. Psalm 23. Jeremiah 29:11. 1 Corinthians 13. I'm sure many others come to mind, verses that every Christian falls back on. And it's true that those verses are the Word of God, wonderful, beautiful, and greatly encouraging in hard times. But you know … Continue reading Lessons from the Law: Don’t Ignore the Old Testament!