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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I have been meditating on the book of Ecclesiastes lately. Tonight as I was driving home late I stopped on the coast to listen to the waves and look at the stars. I murmured to myself: I am free to not make an impact. I am free to not have a legacy. I am free to […]
Mark Driscoll is trending again. This past week I read an interview transcript by John Piper on the subject of Mars Hill and Driscoll. I also read that Driscoll is beginning a new bible study series on Ecclesiastes that will be hosted on his website. I have often wanted to share my own experience at Mars Hill, […]
I’m interested in Brandon Hurlbert’s post here a couple weeks ago on ‘Why Theological Convictions Complicate Your Ministry But Not Your Mission’. I am not ordained nor am I seeking/training for ordination. So maybe there’s something I’m inevitably missing or misunderstanding here in Brandon post—this, I guess, is what I am trying to think through […]
Over the last few weeks I’ve had some time to reflect over the year. Its incredible how much everything has changed. Within the span of 365 days I’ve experienced moments of joy and celebration as well as grief and disappointment. Some transitions have been emotionally disruptive while others have been methodical and tedious. Some have […]
I recently admitted to my coworkers that unlike many girls who seem to have many of their wedding details planned since childhood, I actually have more details of my funeral planned than my wedding. This is probably strangely morbid to most people, but I guess for me, it has become quite normalized to think about […]
I was six years old. It was “fellowship time” at church after the morning service before Sunday school. The kids congregated out on the lawn with a somewhat flat and worn rubber ball for the weekly game of kickball. I was never particularly fond of games, but my older cousin was especially good at kickball […]
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