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The Need for Biblical Lament

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“We don’t know how to say goodbye.” I discovered the poem during a Zoom class in April. We’d been studying Russian literature since the cold darkness of January. Now in the middle of spring we’d exchanged the long wooden desks and late morning light of our classroom for video calls and suddenly vibrant group chats. Instead of whispering with friends to either side, I made lunch during class with...

Finding Fresh Hope in A World Gone Crazy

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When will it all end? It’s a question I have been asking myself in the midst of the craziness of the year 2020. I remember reading posts on Facebook at the beginning of this year about the wildfires and the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, lamenting and asking “Could it get any worse?” Looking back on those posts now, they were a far cry from what came next. I remember during the...

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The 6 Things You Need to Work Productively

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This a weird time, isn’t it? A huge percentage of people are working from home, able to meet anyone they want virtually and study online. While we may be free to study intensely and get all our work done in a few hours to free up time for other activities, very few of us feel dedicated enough to actually accomplish anything. I can relate to this struggle. For the past several years, I have been...

Being Friends With People Who Are Different From You

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I have a confession to make. When I said I could write an article about how to be friends with people who are different than you, I was excited to tackle the topic. But as time went on and I prayed and wrote and prayed and stared at that blinking cursor, I had to take a look at my own life. Where are my different friends? How am I supposed to be an expert on making friends who are different than...

Staying Productive in a COVID-Disrupted World

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Humans crave routine. Much of this routine is provided by our schoolwork, extracurriculars, jobs, and church activities. We have to wake up, shower, eat, attend class, and clock in at a certain time. But, these days, our routines and habits have been disrupted by COVID. Even as the world slowly reopens, most of us will still be spending more time at home than normal. While the increased...

God Wants to Help Us With Our Emotions

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She just couldn’t bring herself to do it. Her mother and siblings were urging her to join them as they were leaving for a trip–but Elizabeth felt panic rushing over her body, and she couldn’t explain why. As the panic attack stole Elizabeth’s control over her body, she passed out on the ground, cancelling her family’s trip as they rushed to help her. Dark episodes like these continued throughout...

How COVID-19 Should Lead Us to Repentance

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced a mix of emotions each day that your life has been disrupted by COVID-19. My vacation to California was cancelled. I miss seeing my 8th graders in class every day. I teach over a screen now. Our school trip to D.C. was cancelled. I can’t meet in person with my Bible study anymore. My husband was excited to start coaching middle school golf and was...

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rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →