Christianity

Jesus’s Death is Meaningless without a Resurrection

I think this will be one of those blog posts that is seemingly obvious and perhaps overly nit-picky, but I want to share a detail that deepened my theology anyway. My favorite professor at DTS was adamant that Jesus's death was meaningless without his resurrection.  This is not a new idea, since Paul says as… Continue reading Jesus’s Death is Meaningless without a Resurrection

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Christianity, Sexuality

Transgenderism and Church Membership

On Sunday, my home church is voting to update its constitution, and if it is approved, I will no longer be a member of the church. Here are the proposed changes to the section about gender and sexuality in full: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These… Continue reading Transgenderism and Church Membership

Christianity, Pop Culture, Recommendation

The Young Pope is Both Sillier and Deeper Than You Heard

How did a television show that featured a pope dressing in medieval garb while "I'm Sexy and I Know It" played in the background end with me sobbing at the beauty and hope of it all? This series combined giddy camp (the fictional Pope Pius XIII infamously looses a kangaroo in the Vatican gardens and… Continue reading The Young Pope is Both Sillier and Deeper Than You Heard

Christianity

We Live in a Beautiful World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdzHOamTxBk&list=FLS8lXWXskaJ6tAYw0t6v9gA&index=1 I have been watching this video several times a week for the last month.  It is a fanvid about Black Sails that presents many of the show's most tragic scenes building in emotional intensity as a woman sings "we live in a beautiful world" louder and louder over the chaos.  I have a tendency… Continue reading We Live in a Beautiful World

Christianity, Personal

Where Is Your Heart? QUIZ

I was recently sent this prompt originated by A. W. Tozer that is meant to reveal what our heart invests in.  I'm a sucker for surveys and self-discovery, so here goes! Rules for Self Discovery: 1. What you want most I most want to live a stress-free life.  It's exhausting to be anxious all the… Continue reading Where Is Your Heart? QUIZ

Christianity

“Full of Grace and Truth”

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." Until now, I've always read John 1:14 as an argument that Jesus perfectly combined the ability to tell people the truth with grace.  The… Continue reading “Full of Grace and Truth”

Christianity, Personal

What to Do with Privilege?

A sweet coworker gave me a Temporary Goodbye Card today, and its cover read, "I will bless you, and you will be a blessing," which is taken from Genesis 12:2.  It resonated with me because it touched on something I often feel - guilt about my privilege. There's the fundamental guilt I feel about working… Continue reading What to Do with Privilege?