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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]