Entries by Rachel Larsen


How Can God Help Me with Loneliness?

Over 60% of Americans struggle with loneliness, reporting “feeling like they are left out, poorly understood, and lacking companionship.” Anyone can feel alone at times, but a lasting, pervasive sense of isolation can be deeply painful, and such is the case for many people. Loneliness is a serious issue that has ramifications for one’s physical […]

Do Followers of Jesus Believe in the Hebrew Bible?

You may know that Jesus’s followers read the New Testament, which is about Jesus’s life and teaching. What about the Hebrew Bible? Do followers of Jesus read the Hebrew Scriptures which tell of God creating the universe, claiming Israel as his chosen people, liberating them from slavery in Egypt, and establishing them in their own […]

Do Jesus’ Followers Care About the Environment?

Aerial images of Ethiopia reveal small forest enclaves surrounded by large swathes of arid desert. At the center of most of the oases are churches. These congregations have preserved the forest for centuries, motivated by the belief that “every creature is a gift from God and needs its habitat.” In recent years, conservationists have partnered […]


What is Atonement?

Atonement is not a particularly popular word in English, but perhaps you are familiar with Yom Kippur, which means Day of Atonement. It is a time when many Jewish people fast and pray, seeking God’s forgiveness. In everyday speech, the verb atone is more common and means “to make amends, to provide compensation for wrongdoing.” […]