Reflecting on the New Years

I’m kind of a hoarder, but really only when it comes to things I write (so it’s ok, right?). I’ve got journals from the last 10 years, all the notebooks, songs, poetry, and class notes I’ve ever penned. Or at least I thought I did. Tonight, I was preparing for a comprehensive Bible & TheologyContinue reading “Reflecting on the New Years”

Three (Local Pastors Told Me Their Hopes for 2021)

There are two phrases that keep coming back to me. “It is what it is.” & “It’s not what it could be.” The new year is a new slate, symbolically anyways. The spike and then steep dive in gym memberships around this time of year tells us flipping the page on the calendar doesn’t intrinsicallyContinue reading “Three (Local Pastors Told Me Their Hopes for 2021)”

Three (Stanzas of Haiku)

I’ve decided to write haikus this year to help me process things (like Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople). A haiku is a form of poetry which originated in Japan. Haikus typically contain three lines of poetry; the first line holding 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5 again. In my pieceContinue reading “Three (Stanzas of Haiku)”

Three (Lies We Believed)

*A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous helped with this article. *There is a video version of this article at the bottom of the post. Three lies we have believed as Evangelicals. God have mercy. 1. We Believed Actions Were More Important Than Communication and Character. We believed you could untangle these three elements ofContinue reading “Three (Lies We Believed)”

Dreams, Come True & Run Dry

Come True It’s easy to miss recognizing things working out. I have a tendency to update my goals as I go, which is good, but it makes it harder to realize how good the present really is. I remember wishing so badly for a “real” guitar to replace the rather chinsy, never-staying-in-tune, stringed piece ofContinue reading “Dreams, Come True & Run Dry”

Examining the Let Us Worship Movement

This piece was written for a class in which we were to examine a cultural phenomenon and identify possible narratives and identities being created. A New Kind of Revival: Red Stripes in the Let Us Worship Movement COM 363: Media and Society October 31, 2020 Toccoa Falls College ABSTRACT In the late 1960s the JesusContinue reading “Examining the Let Us Worship Movement”

What I Learned Writing About Homosexuality (Part 4)

Taking Responsibility This is not how I planned to wrap up this series of articles. I intended to write an introduction, four articles summarizing four different views, and then end with a concluding post outlining some of my own thoughts and beliefs on the subject of homosexuality and the church. This undertaking was far moreContinue reading “What I Learned Writing About Homosexuality (Part 4)”

Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (Part 3)

Introduction In part 3, I’ll be looking at the chapter written by Megan K. DeFranza who offers the second affirming view in the four part book, Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church. She received a PhD in religious studies from Marquette University and is “an emerging leader in the theological study of sex, gender, andContinue reading “Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (Part 3)”

Homosexuality, The Bible, and the Church (Part 2)

Introduction The second argument I will examine is from Dr. William Loader. Loader is “widely regarded as the foremost scholar on sexuality in ancient Judaism and Christianity.” He received his doctorate in theology from Mainz, Germany and has contributed five scholarly volumes to the academic literature surrounding sexuality in ancient culture. Overview Loader is oneContinue reading “Homosexuality, The Bible, and the Church (Part 2)”