Articles By: Betsy Zabel

Betsy Zabel is a freelance writer from Minneapolis. She currently lives in Portland, OR and is having trouble not exclaiming, "Hey, it's raining!" every time it happens.

Torn: A Book Review

Torn: A Book Review
There are books out there that address Christianity and homosexuality, but they are generally of two categories: a book about homosexuality written by a heterosexual telling us what to believe, or a book about homosexuality that talks in circles about love and harmony and doesn’t seem to be of any...
November 15th, 2012 | Books | Read More

5 Online Dating Tips (for Christians)

5 Online Dating Tips (for Christians)
  If you never do anything, you will never get anywhere. Sometimes we wait for God to do things, and say we are trusting Him to work. But the thing is, we’re sitting still, passing the buck. Not always. Sometimes we are legitimately waiting, legitimately stuck. (And for this season, all I...
September 30th, 2012 | Essays, Featured | Read More

How to Treat the Spiritually Abused

How to Treat the Spiritually Abused
  I’m listening to The Civil War’s “Poison and Wine,” feeling the light elasticity of my lungs. And I’m thinking about how, when I feel most fragile, most ambiguous and craving, that being able to take space from “church” has been helpful. When I’ve been Allowed...
February 19th, 2012 | Essays | Read More

Mind Over Mania: A Review

Mind Over Mania: A Review
Recently, MSNBC aired a documentary on a popular youth ministry and its alleged cult-like practices. I was eager to view it since I have personal ties to people from the ministry. It is a relatively flat documentary, presenting the ministry as a definite cult that drags its interns through the mud (literally,...
December 5th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

eHarmony Interpretations

eHarmony Interpretations
I thought I was ready to date, but now I’m not so sure. Out of curiosity, I created a profile on eHarmony to see what my “ideal matches” would be like. I got 10 matches and I was skeptical of all of them. I imagined them all as the most awkward guy from college, sitting at his computer, typing...
May 11th, 2010 | Essays | Read More

God’s Will For Your Waistline: Thoughts From a Fat Girl

God’s Will For Your Waistline: Thoughts From a Fat Girl
Are you called to be skinny? Let me put it this way: are you called to be fat? In high school, I was friends with girls who ate veggie wraps in the cafeteria or flaxseed cereal for breakfast. I felt like Shrek, with my peanut butter/jelly sandwich and brownie at the same lunch table. When I was 6, I...
October 22nd, 2009 | Essays, Featured | Read More

The Mole People

The Mole People
Have you ever heard of the mole people? You know, the people that live in the New York City subway system? They are said to be mysterious children of the tunnels, hidden away from mainstream society. Perhaps it is urban legend, but I could believe it. Sometimes I think I understand these under-earth...
October 5th, 2009 | Essays | Read More

Hem

Hem
This was a Pandora find from last fall. I think it was under a Patty Griffin genre. But have you heard them yet?! Their first album Rabbit Songs was released in 2002 and they are currently doing music for New York City’s “Shakespeare in the Park” event. They are creating the score to “Twelfth...
July 8th, 2009 | Music | Read More

Jonah – Post-Whale Impressions

I’ve been a Christian for almost twenty years, and I am just learning about repentance. That is not to say I haven’t ever repented, but there is so much more to it than repenting of my sin nature once at the age of four. It all started for me in the book of Jonah. Jonah spends a lot of time...
June 23rd, 2008 | Essays | Read More