Author: Sarah Wells

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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The Valley of the Shadow of Death

They wheeled me down the hospital corridors the evening after my C-section. I was going to the bay area where our newborn son was being prepared for transfer to the Children’s Hospital across town. I had seen him for a…

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The Life to Come

About three years ago, my mom had some weird abdominal pain, went to the emergency room, and learned she had kidney cancer. Six weeks later, the doctors removed one of her kidneys, and ever since, the weight of chronic illness…

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Old Church New

After months of searching and then not really searching, my husband and I resigned ourselves to the fact that, no, there really isn’t a church out there for us after all. We’re a unique specimen of Christian that only resides…

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The Gulf of Beliefs

The other day I listened to a conversation between two Christians about one of those topics that get people fired up. I found myself getting fired up, but the gulf between what I believed and what they believed felt so…

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Accepting Mystery

It took me a long time to figure this out, but because I’m generous with my accrued knowledge, I’ll sum it up for you here real quick for free: The Bible is not a science textbook.   I know! It…

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When the God You Believe in Fails You

In my early twenties, I was walking along in my faith, happily married and employed, filled with hope for the future, and then one day I learned I was pregnant. And then twelve weeks later, I learned I was not….

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Becoming a 7-Day Creation Biblical Literalist

As high school science classes became more advanced and dug deeper into human life and origin, I had a hard time believing in God. As I began to grow more curious about the world beyond what could be perceived with…

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How Much Am I Worth?

I have a hard time sorting out for myself what I’m worth. I’ve done all the wrong things at the negotiating table when presented with job offers. I’ve taken on additional work without compensation. I’ve donated time and energy to…

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With Wordless Groans

A friend’s cancer is back, and I’d like to punch a wall. I’d like to throw pillows and lamps. I’d like to break something just to release some of this rage, to somehow make manifest the internal brokenness. See?! I…

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