The Idol of Intellect

Sharon Theology 5 Comments

Today I’m continuing my series featuring the voices of twenty-something women, and I want you to meet Brittany Darst! Brittany is one sharp lady, which you’ll discover as soon as you start reading. That’s why I LOVE the topic she chose–it’s such a great reminder for us fellow nerds! Brittany lives and works in Raleigh, NC, attends Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, …

What Halloween Teaches Us About the Human Soul

Sharon Seasonal, Theology 3 Comments

Last week Ike, Isaac, and I road tripped from Illinois to North Carolina for my sister-in-law’s wedding. In case you’re wondering how we fared with an infant in tow, we actually did great! Isaac was a real trooper and it couldn’t have gone any better. Plus, we spent hours driving through forested mountains painted with deep reds and shining golds. …

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 …

On the Path to Perfection

Sharon Beauty, Self-esteem, Theology 13 Comments

This past weekend I attended the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. I didn’t really know what to expect (it was my first “writers conference” in my life!) but my favorite part was, by far, connecting with other Christian women writers. Shout out to all you amazing ladies! One of the writers I FINALLY got to meet was Amy Julia …

What Really Happened in the Garden?

Sharon Body Image, Sex, Theology 5 Comments

I think there is some confusion among Christians about what happened in the Garden of Eden immediately following the Fall. The confusion is not universal, but over the last couple months I have noticed some troubling statements in blog comment sections about what the Fall and the curse mean for us today. To be a little more specific, some Christians …

Can Women Relate to a Male Savior?

Sharon Parenting, Theology 10 Comments

I know that today’s title is provocative, but I didn’t choose it for the purpose of provoking. Instead, I chose to address this question because it is one that some Christian women genuinely ask. In fact, a few feminist theologians have gone so far as to ask the far more provocative question: Can a male savior save women? From some …

A Good Word from N.T. Wright

Sharon Evangelism, Missions, Theology 3 Comments

This weekend I am getting spoiled. I am currently in San Francisco attending the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, where religious scholars from all over the world come and share their latest research and insights. After only a day of sessions my brain is already over-loaded with nuggets of theological goodness, so today I’m going to share a simple but …

Why You Need the People Who Disagree With You

Sharon Church, Theology 6 Comments

In his book Outliers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell makes a controversial claim. He questions the idea of the “self-made man” and explains that most successful people owe some of their fortune to luck. He writes, “People don’t rise from nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage. The people who stand before kings may look like they did it …

What Are Women Free to Do?

Sharon Freedom, Theology, Women's Ministry 1 Comment

What are women free to do? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. Depending on where you’re standing, this question can sound like a loaded one. For some, it is a political question. For others, an ecclesiological one. I have been thinking about it from a different angle altogether. Over the last few weeks I have been studying …