All posts by Simyona Deanova

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Impossible Faith

Given my charismatic ties to Christianity, I’ve seen my share of miracles, whether it was a series of surgical screws disappearing from my brother’s irritated ankle or a small group leader’s leg growing to match the other in length. I know that miracles still happen


Slippery Tongues

I must confess that I spend a lot of time on Facebook. It has become one of the most common guilty pleasures in our culture. I mostly use it to keep tabs on friends who live across the country from me, some of whom I’ve

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All Are One

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. — Romans 12:5 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And

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Spirit of Wisdom

“Rather than use clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 I decided to take a lesson from Paul for

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Tearing up the Lists

Colossians 3:13: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be


Sing of Renewal

It’s been a difficult year for me. This year will mark the second year after my graduation from Eastern Illinois University and I still have not found work. I have no income, and so far my attempts to seek help through the local branch of

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Stay Alert!

When I saw this issue’s theme “Keep Awake,” my mind cut to a picture of an automobile driver cruising down a deserted stretch of highway at night. The driver was sleepy, trying very hard not to doze at the wheel. The driver could be a

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Gendered With Purpose

“Why should I feel punished by my gender identity?” It is a simple question, one that I’ve asked myself a lot over the last few years. I ask it because I’m often reminded why so many other Christians question my trans identity. A year ago