The Redemptive Work of Shusaku Endō’s Silence

Hilariously, I was mostly through a 20oz cup of what I thought was decaf coffee at 8:00pm, when I realized I had gotten distracted while pouring said coffee and had, in fact, gotten full-caf. That was when I knew tonight was the night I would finally buckle down and complete…

Silence in the Time of COVID

I know, I know, how can I possibly have more to say about silence in the life of the believer? Well, aside from the fact that I still have the capstone of my series on silence in literature left to write, a few things have happened this week that have…

The Redemptive Work of Silence: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

If you have not already read my post about Anne Brontë’s novel Agnes Grey, you can find that here. The post includes some insights about Brontë’s faith and how it motivated her characters and storylines. Brontë’s second and final novel was The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. At the time of…

The Redemptive Work of Silence: Agnes Grey

As the time has approached for me to write what will likely be the final three installments of my series on the redemptive work of silence, I’ve found it harder and harder to be able to adequately summarize these works that have meant so much to me. This season of…

The Redemptive Work of Silence: Advent

As we progress through this season of Advent, I have found the need to pause for a moment and think about silence as it relates to the incarnation. It’s not a difficult connection to make. Only this morning two of the carols we sang in church referenced silence directly: “How…

The Redemptive Work of Silence (Till We Have Faces)

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (Contains sixty-year-old spoilers) One does not have to read very far in C.S. Lewis’ novel Till We Have Faces to discover that it is a book about silence.…

A Return to Eden

I’m going to take a slight detour from my series on silence to reflect on something that came up during this past month’s Misfits Theology Conference. I had the pleasure of sitting on a Q&A panel for the event and had the chance to answer a question about women in…

The Redemptive Work of Silence (Crime and Punishment)

(Contains 150-year-old spoilers) When I talk about the redemptive work of silence in the life of the believer I could be referring to many different scenarios. One scenario would be that a person feels God has been silent toward them or toward the world in general, especially in seasons of…

Jesus Is My Validation

This week marks the beginning of the Gospel Project, a local missions program my church hosts every summer. Participants live together for two months and lead Vacation Bible Schools in low-income apartment complexes, host community events, and get intensive ministry and theology training. This is the first time since 2015…

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