The Wisdom of Rachel Held Evans

The Wisdom of Rachel Held Evans May 4, 2019

“Now cracks a noble heart… And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

A prominent Christian voice has fallen silent after a brief illness. Rachel Held Evans was 37.

Born a fundamental evangelical, she grew in her faith to join the Episcopal Church.

Her writing career revolved around her journey as she dismantled and rebuilt her Christian faith.

One of her final tweets before falling ill represents her theology, her humor, and the difficulties she faced as a prominent progressive Christian.

"Whenever we show others the goodness of God, whenever we follow our Teacher by imitating His posture of huble and ready service, our actions are sacred and ministerial. To be called into the priesthood, as all of us are, is to be calling to a life of presence, of kindness.

“But there is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.” ― Rachel Held Evans

“This is what God's kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes. And there's always room for more.”

“If love was Jesus’ definition of “biblical,” then perhaps it should be mine.” ― Rachel Held Evans 

She was an important Christian voice.

She will be deeply missed.

But we are Easter People, and we believe in eternal life. We believe there is more. Death could not contain the Jesus we follow and he promises us that we will be with him in paradise.

The tomb is not the end of the story. It is the beginning of so much more. This is God’s assurance.

In sadness, grief and shock, let us remember we are Easter People.

We are not spared death, but the power of death has been defeated. The grip of sin has been loosed. We are invited to share the victory, to follow the path of God back to life. ― Rachel Held Evans 

Her four books were:

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.

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  • mmcguire001

    Will miss her voice. I had just found her work.

  • Al Cruise

    A good tree that produced good fruit.

  • At a time when people need substance in the pages of the web, she parks the pen. She will be missed.

  • otrotierra

    Thank you for this. I am thankful for Rachel’s brave proclamation of Jesus in the face of U.S. white evangelical self-worship.

  • Kathy

    It is so sad. We honour your life, Rachel! May her words live on in the hearts of others – may they produce much fruit.

  • I am so sorry you do not understand what Rachel Held Evans has been about. Hatred is the farthest thing from her thinking, as the evangelical leaders who knew her have pointed out.