Because We’re Not Good: “East of Eden”, a Book Review


We all have those pieces of art--be they movies, books, music, what have you--that upon first exposure we fall in love. We turn the last page or walk out of the theater or concert hall certain that this will surely be added to our list of favorites and long-held companions. Yet, how many times do … Continue reading Because We’re Not Good: “East of Eden”, a Book Review

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Advent Reflection by Alyssa Mallgrave [Sun 12/10/17]


A couple of months ago, I went camping alone, totally isolated somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania. Dirt roads, no signal, completely in the dark. I thought it would be a cool spiritual experience - it was not. Instead of the perfect night’s sleep I had hoped for, I laid awake for hours. The sound … Continue reading Advent Reflection by Alyssa Mallgrave [Sun 12/10/17]

Advent Reflection by Lauren Clausen [Sun 12/3/17]


When I think about the Advent season this year, I feel a bit overwhelmed. Not only does it mean that there are Christmas presents to buy and wrap, parties to attend, cookies to bake and decorations to put up, but it means that the weather is turning, the light disappearing and the cold creeping in. … Continue reading Advent Reflection by Lauren Clausen [Sun 12/3/17]

Karl Barth: Our Freedom, Home, & God’s Directing [QUOTES]


When looking through old seminary research, I ran across some quotes I pulled out from Karl Barth, my favorite theologian (hands down), and got to soak in the beauty of his words. I wanted to share them. Now, for people that don't read academic theology, this is it. It's circular, it repeats itself, and it's unnecessarily complicated … Continue reading Karl Barth: Our Freedom, Home, & God’s Directing [QUOTES]

On Toxic Christian Masculinity [QUOTE]


I know it's a little long for a quote, but I promise, it's very worth your time: Within Christianity, the masculine image of God is often defined in these terms of control, power and dominion. Much of the Christian faith, though, requires that men recognize their limitations and depend on God. We accept salvation through … Continue reading On Toxic Christian Masculinity [QUOTE]

Male Feminist Theology & Sinning Against Women


This is an incredibly hard post to write, but an important one, I think. A couple of years ago, I started (and never really finished--but I will!) a blog series which outlined a systematic way that as a male, I can incorporate feminist perspectives on theology into the way I think about God and life. … Continue reading Male Feminist Theology & Sinning Against Women

Deep Sin & The Christian Soul


Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5.19-21) As I recently finished a Church Bible … Continue reading Deep Sin & The Christian Soul