Samuel Parkison

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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 →

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.

My Top 10 Books of 2017

This was a fairly productive year of reading for me (I think... it's actually the first year I've truly documented every entire book I've read so it's hard to tell what constitutes as "productive" for me). In general, I spent... Continue Reading →

Of Jerks and Seminarians

Every hill begins to look like a good spot to die. In other words, we begin thinking that if we are correct jerks, our correctness will outweigh our jerkiness. Our conviction begins to resemble a hammer, and people begin to resemble nails. But people are not nails.

On Congregational Lamentation (New Song)

If a Christian lamentation is nothing else, it is a longing gaze heavenward—it is a grief and discontentment for the present death and destruction that Adam’s sin occasioned, and it is the expectation for what God promised: that our eyes will be wiped of our tears and our broken hearts will be bound up. Christian lamentation is the shameless acknowledgement that things are not as they should be, and things are not as they will be.

How God Resurrected My Marriage

**I wrote this post in October, 2015, and have waiting to publish it. The primary reason for the two-year delay is that there were individuals who needed to hear this story about my family in person before reading about it... Continue Reading →

Dear Oppressed Brother

Take this as an encouragement to cry out to God; let him hear your complaints for the injustice you have experienced and let him hear your request for vindication, and then trust that God will administer justice better than you could ever imagine. 

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