SA-3: On Esther, Daniel, and Exile in Digital Babylon Manuscript

(This is the unedited manuscript for "SA-3: "On Esther, Daniel, and Exile in Digital Babylon", which was released on 9/27/21. Like all the other manuscripts I've published, it does not contain off-the-cuff additions or spontaneous changes in wording/phrasing during recording. You can listen to this episode wherever you get your podcasts or download the episode … Continue reading SA-3: On Esther, Daniel, and Exile in Digital Babylon Manuscript

SA-2: On Students and Brett McCracken’s “The Wisdom Pyramid”

Media literacy is the biggest gaping hole in our discipleship. We can feel its effects in our churches and our lives in the same way we can feel the effects of poor financial stewardship or failing marriages in our churches. Plenty of courses and programs exist for churches to address financial literacy and building healthy … Continue reading SA-2: On Students and Brett McCracken’s “The Wisdom Pyramid”

In (Glowing) Praise of “Passages: Nicaea” by Mere Orthodoxy

In 2019, I began my studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in pursuit of a Masters of Arts of Biblical Studies. I had been told by fellow students that an easy class to dip my toes into would be the first of two required Church History courses, and by the time I finished the first course … Continue reading In (Glowing) Praise of “Passages: Nicaea” by Mere Orthodoxy

When One Part Hurts, the Whole Body Is Sick (and Vice Versa): The SBC and the church catholic

One of the most essential and non-negotiable beliefs for a Christian is that we confess, as the Nicene Creed instructs us and Christians have done since the New Testament, that "we believe in one holy catholic [Latin for "whole" or "universal"] and apostolic church". Just as there was one singular and collective people of God … Continue reading When One Part Hurts, the Whole Body Is Sick (and Vice Versa): The SBC and the church catholic

On Plastic Crack and Covetousness

Around this week, one year ago, I became addicted to building Gunpla models - or, as referred to in the Gunpla community, “plastic crack”. The word “Gunpla” is a portmanteau of “Gundam” and “plastic model”, and Gunpla is the multi-billion dollar product line of Japan’s multimedia mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam, which was one of my … Continue reading On Plastic Crack and Covetousness

The Holiness of Mixtures: An Examination of the Mixture Prohibitions of Leviticus 19:19 (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Genesis-Deuteronomy at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2021. Formatting not retained.) Leviticus 19:19 is a passage that, although often misunderstood in our modern context, remains beneficial for Christians in understanding the importance of holiness in the Old Testament and provides an essential contrast for understanding holiness in the … Continue reading The Holiness of Mixtures: An Examination of the Mixture Prohibitions of Leviticus 19:19 (Seminary Papers)

The Lord, He Is God: An Exegetical Examination of 1 Kings 18:36-40 (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Hebrew Exegesis/Hebrew III at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2021. Formatting not retained.) In this paper, I will argue that 1 Kings 18:36-40 is one of the most important texts in the Old Testament demonstrating God’s jealous covenant faithfulness to his people and his unwillingness to allow other … Continue reading The Lord, He Is God: An Exegetical Examination of 1 Kings 18:36-40 (Seminary Papers)

The Eternal Destruction of the Wicked: An Argument for Annihilationism (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Systematics III at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Winter 2020. Formatting not retained.) There is no doctrine in Scripture that is more emotionally and intellectually challenging for mankind than the doctrine of hell. The notion of a final, eternal judgment and punishment for our sins strikes fear in the … Continue reading The Eternal Destruction of the Wicked: An Argument for Annihilationism (Seminary Papers)