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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

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    Transience.

    Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry...
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    The Religion of the Cosmos

    “Big cosmology has become our secular religion, a church even atheists can join.” – Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine I cannot stop thinking about Interstellar. In the interest of full-disclosure, my husband and I named our son Nolan (after the film’s director, Christopher Nolan), so I am predisposed to think...
  • Leaving Christian Gurus Behind

    I recently read through Carl Trueman’s book Fools Rush In Where Monkey’s Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. As a Christian who prefers not to be identified with evangelicalism, I have always appreciated Trueman’s thought provoking essays. I was especially struck by the following quote in his book:...
  • Ferguson, Racism, and White Evangelicals

    I am a product of my culture – born and raised in a predominantly white suburban town, went to a predominantly white evangelical church, attended a predominantly white evangelical Christian college, and served at a predominantly white suburban church for 5 years. I could be a poster boy for white evangelicalism,...
  • Insider Movements: A Response to Dave Garner

    This past week a few people alerted me to Dave Garner’s article on The Gospel Coalition website regarding Insider Movements (IM). While I strongly agree with Dr. Garner’s overarching assessment of IM, certain aspects of the essay needed further clarification and elaboration. It is my hope that this rejoinder...
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    Thoughts before a World Cup Semi-Final

    We are approaching the end — the last week — of the FIFA World Cup. One of the enlightening things for me about this World Cup has been how the USA has responded rather positively — and vocally — about soccer (hereafter referred to as ‘football’). To me, it...
  • I Belong; Therefore, I Am

    In America and western culture broadly we value critical thinking. Oftentimes we are completely baffled when people are unable to clearly think through situations. We are even more baffled when people believe things without critically assessing the validity of the “truths” which they claim to believe. It makes no...
  • Living in the UK: A Ramble

    Living in a different country is a unique experience. There are weird things that happen that you could never really prepare yourself for. No amount of research, YouTube videos, or blog sites can prepare you for these things. Sometimes they cause a little embarrassment. For example, when I first...
  • Love Beyond Language

    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.-1 John 3:18 She is new. None of us have seen her before. A woman with a modest hijab walks into our English class for the very first time. In many ways she is...
  • Christians, We Should Adapt To Culture (Wait, What?!)

    Recently, I was informed that an individual I grew up with came out to her family, which I was a bit surprised to hear. Like many parents who have been confronted with the conflict between their child’s homosexual lifestyle and its compatibility with Christianity, their focus turned towards literature...
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    On Studying Fear

    This is, oddly enough, an article about writing an article.  A former student of mine who now edits the university newspaper asked if I would write an OpEd piece for the upcoming Halloween issue. Touched (but mainly flattered), I accepted immediately, not considering the ramifications of my commitment. I...
  • Looking Forward to Linsanity

    “Only 24 seats left!” “What?! Really? It’s still two weeks away.” “Well, we better buy our tickets now before they sell out!” My roommate, Noelle, and I, busted out our iPhones – our fingers tapping furiously away trying to buy tickets to the screening of Linsanity at Biola. I’m...
  • Movies, Sex, and Gore, Oh My! Morality and Objectivity in Art

    Last time I wrote on this blog, I argued that art should be viewed subjectively and objectively. Art has absolute qualities that must be acknowledged to give it existence, and yet, it still must be experienced to call it art. But what is art in the scope of ethics?...
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    Same sex marriage: the argument from inevitability

    Alex Lundry, Mitt Romney’s data analyst, recently reported that over 60% of evangelical youth support the legalization of same sex marriage (SSM). This number is in stark contrast to the responses of older evangelical Christians to poll on the issue. Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen cited this statistic on NBC’s Meet...