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Charlea Schueler

Charlea Schueler attends Illinois State University where she is double majoring in Public Relations and Music. In her free time, Charlea enjoys playing her violin, reading, and creative writing.

Recent Posts by Charlea Schueler

Sexual Integrity: Temptation, Failure, and Forgiveness

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 ESV)

It’s My Church’s Fault I Fell Away

Are you prepared? Do you feel that you would be able to stand up and defend your faith if someone asked you about it? I had a conversation with a friend who said, “I mean, yeah I was raised Lutheran. But I mean, I’m not anymore. I started really learning about science and social issues and I realized that religion is just so old-fashioned, and my professors couldn’t all be wrong.”

Keeping Christ in Christmas

“Happy Holidays!” a bright, smiling cashier said as she handed me my bag and I left the store. I didn’t even pause when the phrase was said, and it didn’t seem to bother other people in the busy line. December is a hectic time for most people: high school and college students are finishing the semester with finals, parents are scrambling to make it to every function and family gathering, and kids are writing letters and asking for presents from Santa.

Saying No in a “Yes” Era

Have you ever been a situation where you felt that saying you disagree meant losing a friend? Saying “no” may be the right thing to do—but doing so is lately controversial, especially when it  means you aren’t politically, religiously, or socially correct.

Answering, Not Arguing

Have you ever been asked a question that was hard to answer because it meant telling someone that he or she is wrong? When it comes to issues of faith, we get hard questions all the time, and it’s hard to respond to someone who disagrees—especially with those who might get angry about the answer.

How Congregations Can Be There For College Students

After I graduated high school and went to college, I didn’t stop going to my home church. Since I lived in the same town as I had before, I didn’t feel the need to leave. Rather, I avoided my campus ministry at first because I thought that there was no point in going to a new ministry when I already had one. I eventually found my way to the campus ministry in town; my brother, on the other hand, traveled two and a half hours south to go to school in St. Louis, and found a church home far away. Since he now had a new congregation for the next four years, there wasn’t really a reason for his first church home to keep in contact with him, right?

Before You Get There: Tips on What to do Before You Even Apply to College

My parents sat me down. They had a look of pride, but also concern, on each of their faces. Today was the day I was going to tell them what school I decided to attend for college.

Peer Pressure and Faith in College: Six Tips to Immerse Yourself in Campus Church Life

As a Christian and a student at a liberal, secular university, I can say that the peer pressure to conform to non-Christian beliefs and values is staggering. The general atmosphere that surrounds many colleges and universities in the US is the belief that a student, no matter their background, should attend college with an open mind to new ideas. This seems great; on the outside, an open mind is presented as a belief that could only lead to an improved lifestyle. However, this belief leads some Christians to innocently question why they believe what they do, and then to a stronger, more assertive reason not to believe the same thing they did when they first came to college.

It Doesn’t End at Confirmation

I thought I learned a lot in confirmation. Partly because I took two classes at once—one at my home church and one at the Lutheran school I attended—and partly because there is such a big ceremony at the end. They wouldn’t confirm us if we didn’t know all we needed to, right?

What about Dating?

A strange thing begins to happen after you graduate high school and go to college. Suddenly, people your age are getting engaged, married, and having kids. You look around and wonder where they got the time to have a relationship or where they even found their soul mate.