Start Caring About Sound Worship

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 implications. We all need to learn how to take a … Continue reading Start Caring About Sound Worship

We Need More Domestic Theologians

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 your devotions and say your bedtime prayers. Learn to bake. … Continue reading We Need More Domestic Theologians

Head Coverings, Part 1: My Personal Journey

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 diapers, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I met some … Continue reading Head Coverings, Part 1: My Personal Journey

Love and the God of Reformed Theology

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 refuse to believe it is true . . . because … Continue reading Love and the God of Reformed Theology

Don’t Run From Theological Labels

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 people fall short of this. The subject of politics, for … Continue reading Don’t Run From Theological Labels

Don’t Give Up On Proverbs 31

I wrote a personal blog the other day about my struggle with academic idolatry over the years (you can read it here). I explained how I’ve dug myself into a pit of perfectionism and pride since high school that God has been painfully – but benevolently – pulling me out of. More often than not, He does this by putting me in circumstances that prevent … Continue reading Don’t Give Up On Proverbs 31

Rosaria Butterfield on True Conversion & Repentance

“The purpose-driven movement makes conversion a simple matter of saying the magic words, a mantra that makes Jesus the Mr. Rogers of the conscience. In his popular book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren represents conversion in these words: ‘Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you” (p. 59). There is a pit of false hope in placing our faith in our words rather … Continue reading Rosaria Butterfield on True Conversion & Repentance