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Samuel Parkison

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Jonah’s Song (A Father’s Day Post)

**Here's a song I wrote for my firstborn son, Jonah Stephen. Lyrics: Son, oh my son, I know you'll grow tired of hearing it But I enjoy your very existence. I love you so much. Son, oh my son, you... Continue Reading →

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In Theological Aesthetic Conversation with Jonathan Edwards and Herman Bavinck

I hope to get this paper published eventually, but here is a draft. Click here to read the paper: What Hath the Netherlands to do with New Englend: In Theological Aesthetic Conversation with Jonathan Edwards and Herman Bavinck

Book Review: Rendering the Word in Theological Hermeneutics – Mark Alan Bowald

In his endorsement for Mark Alan Bowald’s Rendering the Word in Theological Hermeneutics, Kevin Vanhoozer writes that “theological hermeneutics has no more avid cartographer than Mark Bowald.” This is a fitting description of Bowald and the work he does in... Continue Reading →

Confess Your Disturbing Impulses Here

Where is the line for sin drawn? This is a question Christians are often occupied with for a number of reasons—some innocuous and some suspect. So, for example, where is the line for sexual sin? Is it the physical act... Continue Reading →

The Christian and Demon Possession

** This piece was originally written for--and posted at--The Christian Post.** Our Western conception of the world is far too shallow. We don’t reckon with the spiritual realities that mark the world in which we live. This is especially true... Continue Reading →

Irresistible Beauty: Faith’s Aesthetic-Christological Impetus

I hope to get this paper published eventually, here is a draft version. Click here to read the paper: Irresistible Beauty - Faith's Aesthetic-Christological Impetus

Book Review: The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism – Carl F.H. Henry

Introduction In his 1947 work, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism, Carl F. H. Henry (1913-2003) confronts what he perceives as an ethical indifference on the part of fundamentalism towards the evils of the larger society and world. Placed well... Continue Reading →

On Brokenness and Our Two-Speed Culture

He shows his love for us not by affirming our brokenness, but by receiving us while still in such a state, and then slapping an expiration date on it.

Album Review: Levi the Poet’s “Cataracts”

The presence of vanity, power-hunger, and braggadocios machismo is something that needs to be pointed out in my tribe. My Twitter feed needs to see the egg on its face. This is a prayer that we—me and my people—need: “Heavenly Father, I have no interest in selling doves for the market. Flip the tables. Braid the rope. Taper the whip.”

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