Rebekah

Why do we do what we do? We would like to think—because this is what our culture tells us is the most valued—that we make rational decision based on the logical analysis of data, of facts. But the truth is, we far more often make decisions that have an emotional…

Leah

“No, I can’t take this…nope, not this either…nope, ya gotta haul this all away.” We thought for sure Goodwill would throw confetti, and trot out the welcome band for us. Not a chance. My husband Dave and I stood dumbfounded. We were in the process of helping one of our…

Bathsheba

Bathsheba had grown up admiring the handsome, charismatic king David. It had been an exhilarating time in Israel’s history, and her dad Eliam, one of David’s might men, had been all wrapped up in the thick of it, close with David ever since the young shepherd had been on the…

Abigail

Abigail’s story begins during a traditionally joyful time, the sheep shearing festival. Many guests had gathered, and there was much feasting. Abigail was well-known for her gracious hospitality, and all the tables were generously supplied. As the celebration wore into the evening, ten plainly dressed men entered the pavilion and…

The Faulty Evangelical Hermeneutics of ‘All Lives Matter’

Saying “All Lives Matter” is like hiding the gift of God away, afraid to invest it for fear of loss. It is a rejection of our scriptural mandate to believe (not just intellectually assent) that Jesus Christ is Lord.

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…

Totally Depraved Bonobos?

Total Depravity Defined In my philosophy 101 class I took in undergrad I was exposed to the utter importance of defining one’s terms. It’s imperative to do so if we wish to be understood and actually not talk past one another. So what do I mean by Total Depravity? Do…

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…

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