“Lex orandi, lex credendi.” Or so goes the ancient Christian maxim, loosely translated, “As we worship, so we believe.” If the songs we sing shape the way we think, we should be very thoughtful about the way our churches are led in worship. Songs are short, memorable, and have the capacity to pack in a […]
Today is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. And there’s one question in my mind: Why do some people, often non-Christians and sometime even Christians, think that people become angels after they die? There is no lack of literature arguing against such a belief on the Internet: For instance, my quick […]
When I was in high school, our music classes were in danger of being cancelled. I’ll never forget the night I played fly-on-the-wall at a school board meeting while the powerful adults discussed the future of our program. Silent the entire time, I went home that night and cried – I had failed to speak […]
Until I recently moved to Scotland, I spent most of my Christian life in American Evangelical churches. In these churches, they have unanimously done communion with grape juice, without the option to use wine if one so desired. As much as I regularly experienced this, I never really understood why churches decide to use grape juice instead […]
It has been said that we must perform at a certain velocity to achieve worth, success, and security. Many things have been promised to our generation, but it seems that only a select few have achieved them. We hold these success stories up as a championing call to work harder, be better, and to not […]
On one of the numerous occasions when I was the only person in the PhD students’ shared office this summer, I looked up Spotify’s playlists of lonely songs. Expecting a whole bunch of downbeat songs about how loneliness sucks, this was one of the surprises I found on this list: Not only is this John Mayer […]
As I’ve shared on The Two Cities before I have been incredibly impacted by passages like Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man [who’s]… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night… In all that he does he prospers.” This passage has incredibly impacted how I do […]
Working on a college campus, I can feel the anticipation of the new semester in the air, as classes just started last week. There are more students around exploring the campus and trying to register for classes. You can tell who are the new freshmen with the quizzical looks as they try to figure out […]
I met up with some friends who are also in academic theology—who both questioned if what I did was theology, upon hearing my excitement for the British Nietzsche Society Conference in September (which I actually won’t be able to attend…). Against their charges of ‘doing theology’, I said there’s actually ‘a lot of God’ in […]
Nothing gets me excited like talking about the Kingdom of God- Porsches come pretty close, but not quite. Growing up I always thought the Kingdom of God was some far away thing that I would never see in this life. The Kingdom of God seemed like such a far distant thing that was promised for […]
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