When God is Silent

Most days, I take my dog for a walk after lunch. We head down to the creek and poke around for a minute, letting our skin soak up the sunshine, our lungs breathe in the fresh air, and we always check to see if the blue heron might be visiting that day. We may goContinue reading “When God is Silent”

Why We Wrestle Before We Write

Browse the blogosphere today and you’ll find a copious amount of “How To” and “Top 10” and “Year in Review” type posts. That’s well and good and I might even read a few of them…but this isn’t one of those posts.

Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 4

This is a series on exploring the book of John for rookies and experts alike! Start here and read more here and here if you want to follow along. The heart of Jesus’ message moves to the forefront of the narrative in John 6, as we read Jesus’ discourse with the same crowd that hadContinue reading “Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 4”

Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 3

This is a series on exploring the book of John for rookies and experts alike! Start here and read more here if you want to follow along. The author of the gospel of John begins by telling the reader who Jesus is from the outset, similar to the way a musical overture functions.[1] In aContinue reading “Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 3”

Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 2

This is a series on exploring the book of John for rookies and experts alike! Start here, if you want to follow along. Personally, I have always been drawn to the gospel of John as a favorite account. The interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman of chapter 4 has long been a story fromContinue reading “Exploring the Gospel of John: Part 2”

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”

SHARED: Matthew L. Anderson on Carvaggio

Carvaggio, *The Calling of St. Matthew* “For perhaps obvious reasons, I love this painting by Carvaggio immensely–and spent a solid hour looking at it and the companion pieces when in Rome this past month. The standard interpretation is that Matthew is the bearded gentleman on the left, with the hand pointing at himself. But IContinue reading “SHARED: Matthew L. Anderson on Carvaggio”

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: