contentions in community

Gal. 5:15 warns the community of believers at Galatia that “if you bite and devour one another, watch out in case you are destroyed by one another,” while 5:26 urges them to “not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” These bookend phrases, including a list of vices and virtues in between, are goodContinue reading “contentions in community”

everyday theology: trust in Galatians 3

‘everyday theology’ posts are bite-sized ideas to chew on from scripture, from other works of theology, and from life. feel free to share wherever you hang out on the internet! Paul’s contrast of the Spirit and flesh in Galatians is strong (and not without some dramatic language!) He uses the Greek word “pistis” (meaning: trust)Continue reading “everyday theology: trust in Galatians 3”

Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 1

Doesn’t this time of year just make you want to learn something new? It’s officially autumn (or, fawl, as we Southerners say) and for anyone enrolled in school–that means new classes! There’s a chill in the air so it’s finally appropriate to dig out that old college sweatshirt and wear it with your favorite pairContinue reading “Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 1”

three things: for thinking women

Here’s the thing about blog writing. It gets under your skin a bit and seeps into the corners of your life. You may be living a perfectly normal day: refilling another cup of coffee, responding to an email, taking a walk to the mailbox, choosing the right pair of shoes for the busy day ahead…andContinue reading “three things: for thinking women”

Christianity and the Problem of Pain

Christian theology and apologetics are exercises of the mind; they are an opportunity for us, as believers, to invite the Holy Spirit in to our thinking to show us the way of understanding. Proverbs 1 paints the picture of Lady Wisdom shouting throughout a city for anyone who has the ears to hear:

philosophy 101: post-modernism, pragmatism, and 1 peter

This is a continuation of a series on Christian Apologetics. For more posts like this, click here, here, and here. “And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, butContinue reading “philosophy 101: post-modernism, pragmatism, and 1 peter”

what does your opinion about ketchup mean? (more reflections on human consciousness)

This is a continuation of a series on Christian Apologetics. For more posts like this, click here and here. My main takeaway from this week’s study is this: the very fact that we have an inclination to do apologetics, to know what we believe and want to defend it, is evidence that we are aContinue reading “what does your opinion about ketchup mean? (more reflections on human consciousness)”

does Darwin still hold up? reflections from Strobel’s “The Case for a Creator”

This is a continuation of a series on Christian Apologetics. For more posts like this, click here. The Enlightenment brought many challengers to Christianity, not the least being the ideas of the father of evolution, Charles Darwin.

“What is Truth?” (when Christian Apologetics get personal)

Because we live in such relative times where the very idea of “truth” is challenged on a daily basis, I feel like it might be fitting here on the blog to delve into the topic of defense of the Christian faith. I’m currently taking an apologetics class, and therefore reading a whole boat load ofContinue reading ““What is Truth?” (when Christian Apologetics get personal)”