Writings & Musings

Coffee Stained Minds [Ekstasis Magazine]

I had the privilege of contributing an essay in Ekstasis Magazine on reading as an act of care and the virtue of attention. Click Below to View the Full Article: Coffee Stained Minds

Romans 13 in the Age of Trump

Romans 13:1-7 has historically been a divisive text. The list of its warped appropriations is lengthy. But my interest in this essay is not historical, unless we are speaking of the “historical present”. Today readers of Romans 13 fall into one of two camps. Each offers a radically different response to this text, yet both are colored… Continue reading Romans 13 in the Age of Trump

The “Holy Music” Beneath Our Feet

*Written and published on September 22nd, 2019 on the Union Presbyterian Seminary blog. As someone who wrestles with anxiety, practicing the Sabbath is often a challenge. This is further exacerbated by the hurriedness that plagues our culture and the constant pressure of achievement. As a Christian, it feels like these pressures squeeze the grace and… Continue reading The “Holy Music” Beneath Our Feet

Candid Meditations

*Written on July 4th, 2019–an exercise in extemporaneous writing. Today I have felt less tethered to responsibilities and to my own self-constraints. They seemed to have loosened their grip on me just enough for me to reflect and write. It’s difficult to know the causal link between these, but I don’t have time to speculate.… Continue reading Candid Meditations

Smoking Catholics, Porous Pentecostals, & The Modern Self

*Written on February 23rd, 2019. Charles Taylor’s Modern “Buffered Self” I ran across the concept of the “porous self” or mind via the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor a few years ago. The porous self is a term that describes the pre-modern worldview and is usually associated with the medieval era. It’s the idea that our… Continue reading Smoking Catholics, Porous Pentecostals, & The Modern Self

Aristotle, Pop-Psychology, & Mental Habits

*Written on January 16th, 2019. What does pop-psychology and Aristotle have in common? The answer is an obsession with habits. This is evident from the recent influx of literature on the power of habit that fills most bookstores today. Our culture seems to be obsessed with becoming habitually fit, habitually intelligent, and most importantly—habitually successful.… Continue reading Aristotle, Pop-Psychology, & Mental Habits

Submit: One Page

*This post was an exercise in extemporaneous writing written on September 2nd, 2018. Submit. The word comes to mind because I find myself submitting to the limitations of my mind and body—quite often. I trek over to the coffee shop in hopes that the aroma will inspire some sort of productivity. I arrive to find… Continue reading Submit: One Page

Reflections on Reading Plato

*This was written on August 18th, 2018. Since I recently finished reading a few selected dialogues of Plato (Ion, Apology, Phaedrus, Symposium, & Protagoras) I’ve decided to share a few reflections and thoughts from my reading. To be honest, I wasn’t excited about reading Plato. I still had memories from college of reading Plato’s depiction… Continue reading Reflections on Reading Plato

Coffee with Theologians: Emil Bruner on Revelation

*This was written on May, 20th 2018. As someone who has never really been exposed to contemporary theology until recently, I’ve found the process of becoming acquainted with its figures, terminology, and emphases quite cumbersome. Although these theologians stand much closer to myself and the problems of our society, I often find their works to… Continue reading Coffee with Theologians: Emil Bruner on Revelation

On Leaving Evangelicalism

*This was written on May, 8th 2018. It’s 8:32 pm, and I’ve just finished mowing the lawn. My nose tingles and is in a state of constant volatility much like Yellowstone’s “Old Faithful”. Freshly mowed grass is not my friend. The house is quiet, and I bask in a brief contemplative moment. I’m content to… Continue reading On Leaving Evangelicalism