Entries by Rachel Chester

Is December 25 Really When Jesus Was Born?

You don’t have to look far to find people who embrace the commercial aspects of Christmas but also question the truth of Christianity’s claims about Jesus. One of those questions is simple, but can also be confusing to Christians and non-Christians alike: is December 25 really when Jesus was born? Well, the short answer is […]

Thanksgiving Before Christmas

If you’re like me (or Hobby Lobby), your Christmas tree goes up before the turkey is served on Thanksgiving Day. I know, I know. So many of you are shaking your heads already. People have big opinions on when trees, music, lights, and even coffee cups should appear for the Christmas season. And while this […]

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

If you’re like me, reading through the Beatitudes can feel like a lesson in failure, none more so than when Jesus proclaims, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” (Matthew 5:8). Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 The greatest desire of my heart […]

Who Should I Follow?

As a teenager and young adult, the leaders in my life were always limited and clear: parents, coaches, teachers, and pastors. Today, however, I have access to a plethora and diversity of leaders in every aspect of life. There is an abundance of riches in leadership. And what a gift it is to be able […]

Are We Really #Blessed?

A quick search of #blessed on social media will reveal thousands of posts and images. Take a closer look, however, and you might notice that #blessed is almost always connected to a material good, a fun date night, or a job promotion—a success in some form or another. But is this the biblical view of […]

Our Most Persuasive Apologetic

Does God exist? This is the ultimate question. Its answer is all-important, determining every other belief. Even when the question isn’t stated explicitly, it undergirds all of life. Our choices, our hopes, our purpose, our identity – everything swings in the balance, dependent upon our response to this question. Although many atheists claim the existence […]

New Identity, Same Broken World

2020 was difficult in nearly every way, full of turmoil, unrest, division, and fear. We all looked forward to the beginning of a new year, full of promise: long-awaited vaccines, the end of a contentious election cycle, and the return to some normalcy. It turns out, however, that 2021 wasn’t the answer to our pain […]

Out of the Silence

Let me admit this up front: I am that person that annoys you about Christmas. My tree has already been up for weeks, our lights are on outside, and I’ve been listening to Christmas songs since the day after Halloween. I love the Christmas season because it’s a time of celebration and beauty, generosity and […]

5 Ways to Love Teachers

Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in the best of times. Teachers have to meet high expectations, often provide their own supplies, work early, and stay late. They love and counsel kids in addition to instructing them.   The restrictions and changes wrought by the pandemic have created an even more challenging and […]