Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 4: Learning to Wrestle With the Bible

Over the winter break, I had the chance to read “Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships” by Karen Keen and finally begin to organize my thoughts on same-sex marriage within the Christian faith. Though thought-provoking, Keen’s book felt like a missed opportunity, and Preston Sprinkle’s review of it (and Keen’s subsequent correspondence) seemed … More Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 4: Learning to Wrestle With the Bible

Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 3: The Rule of Faith (Theology With An Undefined Canon)

  Sometime around 140 and 145 CE, a man named Marcion separated from the church at Rome over severe doctrinal disagreements. Marcion, influenced by another collection of popular ideas historians refer to as Gnosticism, set up his own system of thought that presented an antithesis between the God of the Old Testament and the God … More Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 3: The Rule of Faith (Theology With An Undefined Canon)

Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 2: Thou Shall Not Eat Bacon?

“…when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually … More Premature Thoughts on Theology—Part 2: Thou Shall Not Eat Bacon?

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