I tend to write about "hot topics" just past the point where they are becoming tedious to hear about. It's probably one of my more irksome characteristics, but I'll tell you the reason behind it: It's easy to get caught up in the clamor surrounding a specific story or issue and totally miss its broader [...]
Why would God make Jacob wrestle with him in order to bless him? I’m sinfully stubborn – I rarely see the connection between God’s affliction and affection. These verses challenge my preconceptions about the role of happiness or ease in the journey of sanctification. I don’t want to wrestle when circumstances test my faith. I want to run.
Contemporary Christianity provides us with a picture of godly womanhood that revolves around a multitude of sweet nothings. I have spent most of my time on earth entrenched in Western church culture and this is the bulk of what I learned about "biblical womanhood" for the first nineteen years of my life: Preserve your virginity. Do [...]
Before beginning my foray into formal theological study a few years ago, I had never heard a single person in the church openly indicate (or even imply) that the passage on female head covering in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is to be applied in the Christian church today. I've been going to church since I was in [...]
In the years leading up to my transition to Reformed doctrine and in the years I've spent formally studying non-Reformed theology since then, one interesting objection to Calvinism has come up over and over, and I just cannot leave it alone any longer. It goes something like this: "Calvinism cannot be true . . . I [...]
There is a paradoxical problem in our culture where on one hand we need to allow for more nuance and middle ground - especially in political discourse - and on another hand, we need to be more bold about assigning ourselves to specific categories. Regarding the latter, I think theology is a big area where [...]
Seasons of life are some of the most fascinating concepts to me, and something that has helped me process the daily, monthly, yearly goings-on of my own life is thinking of them in terms of chapters. I'm an English major, so the parallels between human life and storytelling have become more apparent and incredible to [...]