A Defense of the Grey Area

Sharon Theology, Worldview 2 Comments

Last weekend Ike and I were in North Carolina where he officiated the wedding of a friend. While there, we decided to attend a little church down the road for Sunday morning worship. The pastor’s sermon title was “Your Personal Worldview,” and the subject matter kind of ranged all over. However, one of his main take-home points was this: We …

What is Our Generation’s Stumbling Block?

Sharon Church, Theology, Worldview 5 Comments

This week I was researching a topic for work when I discovered an interesting tidbit of church history. Apparently, birthdays used to be a big deal for Christians, and not in a good way. Early in the church’s history, birthday celebrations–particularly those of emperors or kings–were associated with pagan culture and were consequently condemned. For instance, early church theologian Origen …

Imagination is Everything

Sharon Theology, Worldview 4 Comments

Last week I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of my former professor, Reynolds Price. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Price and his literary contributions, he was a great Southern writer who taught English at Duke for over 50 years. Before establishing himself as a writer of vivid novels and poems, he studied at Oxford …

A New Spin on “Taking Thoughts Captive”

Sharon Worldview 8 Comments

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. This verse has sustained me during a LOT of tough times. Whenever I have felt depressed or despairing, this verse has helped me …

Religion as a Human Reflex

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism, Worldview 1 Comment

This week I heard a truly fascinating story on NPR about why ALL humans, no matter their skepticism, are inclined to sense or experience the supernatural. The story began with a scientist named Jesse Bering who was a confessing atheist but, upon losing his mom, had a supernatural experience. The evening after her passing, he heard the wind chimes chiming …

Marriage, Intimacy and Capitalism

Sharon Marriage, Worldview 9 Comments

As most of you know by now, I moved to the Chicago area last month to pursue a PhD in Educational Studies with a focus on Women’s Ministry. The field of Educational Studies is wonderfully relevant for ministers–it examines the many factors that shape how we think and live, not just in the classroom but in churches, politics, media, etc. …

The Bible on Interracial Marriage

Sharon Social Justice, Worldview 5 Comments

In the last couple of weeks I have encountered two different Christian arguments against interracial marriage that have left me feeling extremely unsettled. One was a random website that I happened upon by accident, but the other was a story on national radio about a black man who wasn’t allowed to date a white woman because her father, a pastor, …

Modesty Under Persecution

Sharon Modesty, Purity, Worldview 9 Comments

I never thought I would see the day when modesty, of all things, was the target of religious persecution. Well that day has come. In case you haven’t been following this story, France is in the process of passing a law that would forbid Muslim women from wearing a burqa, which covers the face. The ban was just approved by …

No Boys Allowed

Sharon Family, Marriage, Women's Ministry, Worldview 4 Comments

Today I listened to my mom recount yet another story of a woman in her 40’s who decided she was tired of being a wife and mom, so she abandoned her kids to start living the single life again. Now she drives a trendy SUV and socializes with 20-somethings. Her kids are age 8 and 10. Several months ago I …