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Another Week Ends: Who Are We Now?

Am I then really that which other men tell of? Or am I only what I myself know of myself? Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote these words while sitting in a Nazi prison, awaiting his execution for a failed coup attempt. Was he a traitor, worthy of death? A promising young theologian who squandered his gifts? […]

The Gift of Life: Suffering, Worth, and the Self

We often Intuit that It Isn’t Our Faith but Our Very Selfhood that is Under Assault

Confessions From Social Media’s Dr. Frankenstein

On The Social Dilemma and the Endless Struggle to Think Well of Ourselves

Social Media and Choosing Your Own Narrative

Does Anyone Hear the Pangs of Identity-Seeking Underneath all that Noise?

Under Robert E. Lee’s Shadow

Growing Up in The Lost Cause

Paul and the Person: An Interview with Susan Grove Eastman

Recently I had the privilege of sitting down to interview Susan Grove Eastman to talk about her recently published book, Paul and the Person. Dr. Eastman is the Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, and her book is a fascinating read. Paul and the Person breaks new ground on the complex issue […]

Simba’s Amnesia

Nostalgia bleeds through the screen as The Lion King remake plays before me. The CGI is astounding and the story still holds strong. For many, it’s a remembrance of their childhood. A flashback to simpler times. A time forgotten. However, through Simba’s eyes, something else has been forgotten: his identity. Simba is riddled with amnesia […]

St. Paul Loves Bloomin’ Onions: (or: How To Live With People Who Are Not As Awesome As You) – Aaron Zimmerman

This talk by Aaron Zimmerman was given at our conference in Tyler, TX (“The Future of Grace”). Topics include: religious relatives, group identities, Merle Haggard, Outback Steakhouse, and Elaine Benes from Seinfeld — a concoction unlike any other:

St. Paul Loves Bloomin’ Onions: (or: How To Live With People Who Are Not As Awesome As You) – Aaron Zimmerman from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

I Have Decided to Go to Church

Grateful for this reflection by Sarah Gates: I have decided to go to church. It’s a good idea. It’s at least a better idea than not going. I’ll probably feel bad if I don’t go. Specifically, I’ll feel bad about myself. I should go. I don’t want to go anywhere lately, but I will go. […]

Confessions of a Fallen Soldier (in the Battle for Male Purity)

This post was written by Clifton Hanson. I know of too many instances where girls have been taught, implicitly or explicitly, that the love of God is somehow contingent on their ability to remain “pure.” So writes Sarah Condon in her recent piece for this site. Well, that gets right the heart of things, doesn’t it? […]

All Are One in Thee for All Are Thine

For reasons that were not clear to me at the time, and are still a little fuzzy, my family of origin hosted a stream of long-term houseguests when I was a child. If someone needed a guest room because of a poor choice in his marriage, or because she didn’t have a job that could […]

The Bad News of Just Being Yourself

Every Friday night, my family has movie night. Something has recently marred the whole experience though, mostly for me. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t think I can watch contemporary family films with my kids anymore. The main problem? A major theme in most of these stories is something of a false gospel […]