I’m home in Seattle after finishing my first semester of seminary. And now that I’m officially 1/6 of the way done with my Master of Divinity, I thought I’d take the time to summarize my past semester with some of the tweets that best summarize it. 9. 😬 WRITING THIS PAPER ON THE FILIOQUE IS … More 9 Tweets From My First Semester of Seminary
Before starting seminary, I ate lunch with nine Christian leaders whose lives and ministry I deeply respect. We met all around Seattle, up in Bellingham, over cups of locally-roasted coffee, bowls of ramen, glasses of wine, Texas BBQ – and they shared many different perspectives, from a wide variety of areas of expertise. One friend, a recent … More Diverse & Representative Leadership is Crucial for the Church’s Future
Like any good Protestant, I was raised to have a healthy suspicion of religious institutions. Think about it. My entire branch of Christianity started as a reactionary movement against a religious institution — the Roman Catholic church — that had developed practices we felt were deeply harmful and theologically flawed. So we protested what the … More Religious Institutions Really Bother Me
On a scale of 1 to Christian, I used to be pretty close to an awesome 10. I’ve been going to church regularly since I was in diapers. I accepted Christ as my savior at age 3. My biggest flaws have been things like swearing and gossiping. But lying, starting fights, or being hurtful? That sort … More I Didn’t Used to Suck This Much
I recently read an exchange on Instagram that gets to the heart of why Christian men bragging about their “hot Christian wives” bothers me so much. Look, I’m glad that these men think their wives are gorgeous. I am thrilled that they want to complement them in public, and garner their wives praise. I’m sure they mean well. But the concept of a “hot Christian wife” strikes me as … More Hot Christian Wives: Can We Please Stop With This Label?
Reading books by great Christian authors: it’s something I always meant to do more of. Frederick Buechner, A.W. Tozer, Tim Keller, I know they’re great guys. I’ve just never taken the time to pick up one of their books and dig in. (And prior to college, the only C.S. Lewis titles I’d read were the ones about the lion … More Reading Christian Authors: It’s Great for Your Faith, But DON’T Just…
I have mixed feelings about Sean Lowe, a former star of ABC’s The Bachelor. When I first saw him on TV, he wasn’t my favorite. I’m just not too fond of gym rats. Of prettyboys. Of too-attractive-to-be-normal bros with their bulging biceps and flawless six packs. I have a thing against prettyboy bros, and I probably need to get … More Sean Lowe: The Christian Bachelor — And the HUGE Problem Nobody’s Picking Up On