1 Timothy 2: Why Does Paul Tell Women To Shut It?

Ah, 1 Timothy 2…the foundation of most debates concerning women in ministry. It is here where Paul tells women to…shut it. Why does he do it? Well, let’s back up for a second, as a lot of critical issues go into this text…including: literary context, grammar, history, and culture. I’d love to get into each […]

What’s So Important About Phoebe? Part 1

I started to write a post about the ever-famous Phoebe, whom most people affirm as a deacon. I figured this post would be quick and simple to write. I knew what I wanted to talk about: first century letter writing and the weight which sat on Paul’s words about Phoebe in Romans 16:1-2. Well, my […]

Postscript: Encouragement and (some) Resources

I just want to say thank you to everyone who reached out through Facebook comment, blog comment, private message and text message. You all (even two out of the three people who outspokenly disagreed with me) were so loving and encouraging…a true testament to what doing this journey together should look like. I must say, […]

My Official Break Up with Complementarian Theology

I listened to a sermon today. That’s not too odd, considering it’s Sunday and I’m a regular church attendee. But, I listened to a really, really good sermon today (which doesn’t happen every time I attend church). The sermon was about walls—walls we build and walls we tear down. It wasn’t just about our personal […]

So What’s All the Love Hype About, Anyways?

So here’s a post about love on Valentine’s Day. I’ve only been married six months, so this post isn’t what you think. I got the inspiration to write this from a short excerpt I heard on NPR yesterday. Man, how I wish I remembered her name (and if you happened to have heard it and […]

A Word of Advice for the Struggling Christian

As most of you know, I wear quite a few different hats. I juggle those hats multiple times a day— from “student” to “mentor” to “coworker” to “wife” (you can throw “daughter” and “friend” and other things, I’m sure, in there too). But one hat that I’ve been wearing for quite a few years now, […]

When Life is…Ordinary

Life has been pretty ordinary lately. Now, don’t get me wrong, by ordinary I don’t mean that it’s been in any way negative. In fact, life in its ordinary-ness has been really, really good. Have you ever been in a season where the mundane is so good that you don’t want it to change? That’s […]

Denying Yourself in a Binge-Obsessed Culture?

Taylor and I enjoyed a short getaway to Destin, FL, this past weekend. It was perfect. Sure, the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area is perfect (sand-dunes, Irish pubs, great pizza, white beaches…HELLO)…but what made our weekend perfect was the fact that we had four hours of road trip to have a long, hard talk about life. […]

Why ‘Follow Your Heart’ is the Worst Advice Ever

Today’s culture is obsessed with feelings. “What’s your heart telling you?” “Do what makes you happy…Do what feels right” These are things I constantly hear and see—from blog posts to articles to celebrity advice—everyone is always telling us to follow the internal-emotion-hub that is our hearts. Hey, if that’s what you feel in the moment, […]

When it Rains on Your Wedding Day

Whew, it’s over. The grandest day of Taylor and I’s life has come and gone like a Mardi Gras parade ripping through St. Charles Avenue. Weddings are dense—pregnant with preparation and eagerness—an expecting mother awaiting her first child. Ah, life is a merry-go-round of anticipation, isn’t it? From weddings to babies to vacations (oh my!). […]

A Letter To You, My Love, On Your Birthday

So, today’s your birthday. Naturally, I scrolled through my phone for way too long, trying to find the perfect picture of us that would appropriately display how I feel about you. While that task is impossible, trying to think of a caption that would appropriately describe why I love you was even more impossible. My […]

Oh, Glorious Freedom

Today is America’s birthday. A glorious day in which we meditate on history and its leading towards what makes this country what it is—freedom. Have you ever thought about how much there is to learn from history? Not only does history repeat itself, but we can learn a lot about human behavior by looking back […]

Dare To Dream?

Have you ever found yourself dreaming of what could be, but somehow settling for what is? I have…until I realized that I didn’t have to. Those of you that know me know that I’m a dreamer. I have a mind full of dreams and desires that I fantasize about on a regular basis—specifically, what a […]

When Loneliness Invades Your Space

I didn’t spend the holidays at home this year. It was weird. The day after Christmas, I wrote down these words in my journal: It’s December 26—the day after Christmas. I didn’t go home for Christmas this year. In fact, I’m sitting in Little Rock, Arkansas in a hip little coffee shop listening to an […]

When Jesus Throws You Lemons

I’ve been such a bad…blogger, lately. I must admit, it takes a while to play catch-up after your life changes drastically in a short amount of time. Thankfully for me, Change is a good friend of mine whom I welcome with a dramatic, running-across-a-sunflower-field, hug. Change is fun, I like her. Anyways, as the craziness […]

Have We Lost Our Thrill?

Today marks exactly three months since I packed all my necessities (and some extras) into my Kia Optima and headed to Louisiana to begin a new life (stopping for a night in Gator Country on the way, of course). I remember lying in bed the night before my newfangled adventure tossing and turning with nerves […]