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From Culture War Burnout to Cultural Faithfulness

The question of Christianity and cultural faithfulness has been one of my most passionate and personal questions; it’s also one of the more contentious questions facing the American Church today. The more you read, the more complicated the question becomes. As a friend of mine says often, “Everything is complicated and everything is connected.” How […]

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Review: Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). As an unmarried seminarian, I found myself surrounded by classmates who were married, many of them with children. It wasn’t uncommon for professors to verbally acknowledge and extend academic grace to students who were behind, tardy, or absent due to a […]

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Review: Cupid Is a Procrastinator: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life, by Kate Hurley

I happen to be in a very small minority. I’m in my thirties, I’m an ordained minister in the PCA, and I’m still single. As I get older, I’ve come to see more and more the blessings of singleness. I have learned to appreciate the freedom and simplicity of being able set my own schedule, […]

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Pride and Privilege in the American Church

The events in Ferguson, MO over the past few weeks have been like a social earthquake. The shooting of Michael Brown has revealed again the fault line in American race relations, and one overwhelming theme rising from the discussion is we don’t understand each other. Or to be more specific, whites, on the whole, don’t […]

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Longing for Sunday on Saturday

I recently moved and I can tell you that I drew little “plans” for my new apartment. I lived in my last place for four years- four very full years.  That apartment held Christmas parties, dozens, (maybe hundreds?) of dinners with friends, lots of late night chats, and some studying for my masters – but […]

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Michael Bird’s Advice to Younger Scholars

On his blog Euangelion, as well as on Zondervan’s blog Koinonia, there’s a short Youtube video of Dr. Michael Bird offering advice to young theologians. He gives three basic tips: 1) don’t be a man-pleaser, 2) work in the primary languages and sources, and 3) take measures to keep your work spiritually fresh. The video is available […]

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Radical(ly Normal)

Shane Lems has written this book review on The Reformed Reader (HT: The Aquila Report). The book happens to be authored by a close friend of mine, Josh Kelley, who pastored the church I attended while living in Mt. Vernon, Washington (my hometown). As a matter of fact, I had the privilege of helping Josh with the editorial process for this book. […]

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