Evan Hansen, Calvinism, and Holiness

I love musicals. I love how musical themes that are present in songs at the beginning of musicals come to a head again and again throughout the entirety of the show (the Bible is much the same way. If you study Biblical theology you will see themes that repeat over…

An Orthodoxy of Love

Turns out Orthodoxy is actually Important For the past few years as my theology has changed, and grown a stronger conviction that orthodoxy (which, “has the double meaning of ‘right belief’ and ‘right worship’” Kallistos Ware) is essential to the Christian Faith. While that may scare some people let me…

Good Episcopalians Should Judge

Recently my story group from my church met for our weekly meeting. And in case you’re wondering, Story groups are simply what we call our small groups. During the time of discussion the topic of judging came up. The group sentiment was a familiar one here in our western context,…

Podcast S2E2: Universalism Part 1: All are saved through Christ

This episode is the first in a two part mini-series exploring nuanced views on how exactly Christ reconciles us to God the Father. We sit down with Keith Giles to get an overview of Universal Reconciliation, aka Universalism, to really understand what it means when a universalist means when they…

Christianity, Jesus, the Gospel, and the Enneagram

What people think about God is the most important thought they think[1]; beliefs about God affect behavior, self-awareness, and relationships with the Divine, self, and others. Humanity’s image of God is formed and shaped by parents, friends, experiences, culture, and church representatives. A dysfunctional image and distorted understanding of God…

The Word of God Called, He Wants His Throne Back

Honey or Vinegar I am trying to change the general tone of how I write. As my friend Everett has told me, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Of course, he isn’t the first one to say this, but it’s true. But sometimes I just get so fired…

Sanctifying Emotion

In academic circles broadly, and theological circles specifically, emotion has a bad reputation. There are efforts to shut down feelings so that pure, logical thought can prevail. Today I am saying, “Enough!” People who study theology of the Christian faith base their foundational beliefs in the writings of faith bound…

The Cross & the Lynching Tree

If it is necessary, every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy. Mississippi Governor James K. Vardaman 1903 My mentor and friend MaryKate Morse believe, “the first step towards being a redemptive presence in our communities is to truly enter into the lived experience…

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…

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