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A Letter From the Editor-In-Chief

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I still remember submitting my very first article to The Rebelution. I was 16 and had started writing less than a year before. I sat in front of the computer, obsessively re-reading every word and staring nervously at the “send” button. I was positive it would be rejected. Absolutely positive. I nearly started screaming when I received the response: “We’d love to publish this!” That moment...

Moving on from TheRebelution: When Doing Hard Things Means Taking a Step Back

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I have wrestled intensely for a few months, wondering how to write this article. I struggled to find the words–and I’m not sure, even now, that I ever did find them. But one commitment I’ve always tried to keep in my writing has been to write honestly and from the heart. No doubt you’ve already picked up on it, but I am resigning from being Editor-in-Chief of TheRebelution. There’s no...

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I’m Having Doubts. Is That Okay?

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Is doubting sinful? Have you ever asked this question? If so, you’re not alone. It’s an important question because doubt is inevitable in the human experience. Therefore, Christians should ponder the question and seek to find out if God condones his people to have doubts. If so, to what extent? What are the boundaries if doubt in itself is not sinful? What should God’s people do with their doubts...

When Your Heart Can’t Let the Grief Go

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Sometimes, life comes at you with a punch to the soul. If you wonder if you’ve ever felt it, chances are you haven’t. But there are those of you who may have felt a twinge of pain when you read those words. Maybe your bruising and bleeding is still raw as you press your hand to your gut to staunch the pain and forget again. Lift your head and look around you. Take a breath and let it out slow...

How Can I Have Peace When the World is So Overwhelming?

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In our overly-digitized age, we are constantly bombarded with information. It’s overwhelming, anxiety-inducing. It often feels as if we have to have an opinion and be fighting for or against nearly 840 things at once. Are you feeling me? Truly, I don’t believe humanity was meant to carry a burden like this; the burden of being aware of every bad thing happening in the world. Nevertheless, this is...

Eliya Samson and the Free Burma Rangers: Trusting God No Matter What

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What would you expect from a man who had just lost his wife and child in the middle of a jungle? And not only that, but was stuck in the middle of a raging civil war? Would you expect panic? Fear? Desperation and despair? The last thing you’d expect is for him to still be able to smile, laugh, and extend his help to others, right? Meet Eliya Samson This is the exact kind of man that missionary...

Your Current Suffering Is Your Future Preparation

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In my world, until I was fourteen, hard things only happened to other people. People I didn’t know, except by proxy, who my family would pray for, and my parents would discuss sadly. Not my friends and family. Not me. When My Life Fell Apart I’m not talking about the everyday ups and downs life gives us. I’m talking about the heart-breaking tragedies so many of God’s children face. The deaths of...

How Do You Leave A Legacy That Lasts?

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I’m the kind of person who cries at every funeral. But I’m also the kind of person who leaves each funeral deep in thought. Funerals make me ponder life and death and consider what it means to live life well. They make me think about success and failure. They make me think about the person who passed away, and all my memories with him or her. They make me think about the legacy they left. For...

When Your Dreams Die: Walking Through Grief and Finding Courage to Dream Again

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When you hear the word dream, what immediately comes to mind? For me it’s Disney’s 2010 animated film “Tangled.” The humorous, perilous, and romantic retelling of the classic Rapunzel fairytale is all about dreams– chasing dreams, worthy dreams, frivolous dreams, and dreams coming true. We all have dreams, childhood longings, and future hopes. You may find yourself staring out into...

Why We Need Both Theology and Apologetics

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A friend recently asked me on an Instagram Q&A, “What’s your preference—apologetics or theology?” Honestly, I couldn’t pick one or the other. Both have been so essential to my growth as a follower of Christ! As I discussed that during the Q&A and a few others resonated with my response, I realized that the relationship between apologetics and theology is seldom discussed in the church...

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