Author: Sarah Wells

Outgrowing the Old Stories

In my early twenties, I took part in the first of many young women’s Bible studies. It was an in-depth study of David, and it was transformational. For one thing, I found an author who loved digging into the Bible…

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Certain of What We Hope For

They are building new apartments near my office on the east side of Cleveland, within walking distance of where I work. I drive by them on my way to work from our home in West Akron, an hour up Route…

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Fear Distorts. Love Transforms.

On our way home from my in-laws the other day, my husband and I drove by a little white church with a prominent sign in their front yard.   It read, “Choose the bread of life or be toasted.”  …

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Do Not Let Me Forget

When I first started regularly attending church with my high school boyfriend, we sat near the front of the sanctuary with his mom and dad and brothers in the plush red velvet pews.   I watched, mostly. I watched his…

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Changing the Question

My first heart-wrenching loss happened the year after Brandon and I married. I thought I was twelve weeks pregnant when we went in for an ultrasound, only to learn that we were actually no longer pregnant. Our baby had stopped…

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Church, Why Bother?

After our move to another city over a year ago, we wrestled with whether to find a church. Instead, we settled into a Friday night home church with friends in our neighborhood, a community of believers committed to studying the…

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What’s Wrong with Church?

There’s a lot wrong with the church today. Your church, my church, the neighbor’s church, the church you aren’t going to, the church you attend currently, the church you used to go to, the Catholics, the Protestants, the Baptists, the…

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Why Resolutions Matter in February

Okay friends, we’re one month into 2016—how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for ya?   This is about the time each year when 4 out of 10 folks who resolved to do something in 2016 throw their hands…

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Adulting

At one in the morning I followed my mom’s gurney down the sixth floor hallway of Building G to the ICU. I carried our purses from the floor above, where her cancer treatments had begun, until the side effects we…

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John 3:16 Mad Lib

I once heard a pastor substitute my name in the most famous verses from the New Testament: “For God so loved Sarah he gave his one and only Son, that if she believed in him she would not perish but…

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