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God Saves People (We Don’t)


A wave of noise washed over me. I was fresh off the plane to intern with a church planting team in a country on the other side of the world, and I had just walked into a room full of kids. We chatted and drank tea as I eyed pastries I’d never seen before. Slowly the students filtered out, and my teammate and I squished into the tiny kitchen in the back to wash the plates. However, one student...

Honor Your Father and Mother: What Scripture says about Your Relationship with Your Parents


You’ve probably heard the fifth of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:12a, “Honor your father and your mother….” It’s repeated throughout scripture in both the Old and New Testaments—see Deut. 5:16, Leviticus 9:3, Matthew 19:19, and Mark 7:10. Obviously, honoring parents is something God is serious about. Yet, it’s something many people struggle with—young and old. I say this because no matter how...

How Big are You? Remembering the Bigger Picture and Your Place in it


We humans often think of ourselves as the main character in our stories. Part of this is because we know ourselves better than anybody else does. We know what’s going on inside our heads, but we cannot tell what’s going on in others. We know our preferences and what we like better than anybody else in the world. The other side of this is that humans, in their sinful nature, are self-oriented. We...

Should Teens Read Spice in Fiction?


As a Christian author, I frequently hear two arguments regarding sexual content in young adult fiction. First, “YA books should have explicit spice so that teens learn about sex.” Second, “Young adults should never be exposed to explicit content in books.” As a Jesus-proclaiming believer, I stand firmly with the latter, but it is not only my faith that gives me this perspective. I have a personal...

An Announcement from the Editor-in-Chief: Big Changes for the Reb + An Opportunity


One of the hardest things I’ve done has been to embrace seasons of transition. Honestly, I don’t like transitions. They’re hard, uncomfortable, and filled with unknowns. But for the past few years, my life has felt like one transition after another. From releasing books to getting married, from graduating school to beginning and resigning jobs, life has been full of seasons...

All Things for Good


Have you ever heard the phrase: “God works in mysterious ways”? I’m sure every Christian, regardless of how long he or she has been one, has come across this statement at least once before. Have you ever wondered where it came from? The famous phrase is actually the (slightly edited) first line of a poem entitled Light Shining out of Darkness. It was written by English hymn writer William Cowper...

What to Say to the Guy You’re Friend-Zoning


“Oh, one other thing!” I momentarily paused my pacing and tried to find the words to say. “You still think of me platonically, right?” The silence stretched way too long. “Uh oh.” I slid to the hard, cold floor. Peter and I were friends. Good friends. We encouraged and challenged each other, prayed for each other, and gave each other relationship advice about other people. “Well . . .” As Peter...

When God Feels Far Away: Hearing the Whisper in the Storm


“Where are You, God?” Tear-stained cheeks and a heart, with only a faint whisper of hope left, accompanied these words. I had said them so many times, but it didn’t seem like I was getting any answers. I felt trapped in a world of depression and loneliness—despite having more supportive family and friends than a girl could ask for. It wasn’t like when my extroverted mind went crazy because I...

He Prayed for Us: Finding Hope in The Words of Jesus


We all have days when we feel like life is kicking us down and the world is throwing one too many punches. As Rebelutionaries, we want to seriously pursue the spread of the gospel and see the expansion of God’s kingdom, which means the enemy has put a very large, red target on our backs. We daily wrestle against “the world forces of this darkness” and “spiritual forces of wickedness” (Ephesians...

The Fountain of Living Water: Come and Thirst No More


Have you ever been thirsty? Like really thirsty? I can think of one time that I was. It was a hot summer day, and I had been weeding for hours while volunteering at a camp. As the afternoon wore on, it got really hot, and a friend I was working with went to get water. I didn’t even realize how thirsty I was until I drank that first cup of water. Suddenly, I realized how exhausted I was. I can’t...

rebelling against low expectations

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