Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 1: How to Not Be Dumb

Long ago six old men lived in a village in India. Each was born blind…they listened carefully to the stories told by travelers to learn what they could about life outside the village…they were most curious about elephants. They were told that elephants could trample forests, carry huge burdens, and frighten young and old with … More Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 1: How to Not Be Dumb

(Christian) Political Engagement in an Age of Partisan Bloodshed

  I cannot help but cringe every time I think about the immaturity I displayed during my high school and early college years toward those who did not think like me. The passive aggressiveness I displayed toward others on social media is embarrassing, and, to my regret, I still occasionally engage in these practices during … More (Christian) Political Engagement in an Age of Partisan Bloodshed

I Deleted Some Blog Posts and I Thought You Should Know

For the sake of transparency, I wanted to say that I deleted a handful of blog posts from this site that were frankly terrible. They were “Rethinking Man—What are We?” and “Understanding the Afterlife—” Parts 1 and 2 on “Hell” and “Sheol”. I have no idea what to do with anthropology, and I now reject … More I Deleted Some Blog Posts and I Thought You Should Know

Books, articles, blog posts, and websites that influenced me in 2017

I read plenty of great articles and bad books in 2017. The ones below made the cut as the best of the best and the best of the worst. In hindsight, I wish I had read more political content and practical living. Next year, I suppose! General Bible Stuff A High View of Scripture? by … More Books, articles, blog posts, and websites that influenced me in 2017

How Western Cultural Norms Blind Us to Understanding Grace

Introduction “Grace” is a loaded word. Grace, as Paul notes in Romans 6:23, is a free gift, yet each one of us approaches the idea of a gift with a set of culturally informed assumptions about what qualities a proper gift should have. Those of us living in the West attach certain expectations to gifts … More How Western Cultural Norms Blind Us to Understanding Grace

Annihilationism in Revelation — The Lake of Fire

The lake of fire in John’s apocalypse is the misunderstood angst-y teenager who everyone gossips about but few actually take the time to get know beyond the stories commonly shared over school lunches and microwaveable hot pockets. To the gossipers’ credit, the lake of fire is shrouded in mystery and takes a little bit of … More Annihilationism in Revelation — The Lake of Fire

Annihilationism in Revelation — Rev. 14:9-11

Does John’s apocalypse support the eternal conscious torment of those who reject God? Perhaps, but perhaps not. Here are the words in question:  9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, 10 they … More Annihilationism in Revelation — Rev. 14:9-11

Annihilationism in Revelation — Intro to Apocalyptic Literature

As a 90s kid, I grew up in the era of “Left Behind” books and discussions about the Rapture drawing ever nearer, as the rapid fulfillment of “end-times prophecies” clearly indicated. Though I never read the books, the descriptions of believers being taken from Earth at the sound of trumpets and the tales of coming … More Annihilationism in Revelation — Intro to Apocalyptic Literature