Pearls Before Swine

Of all the rules and regulations designed to shepherd writers into coherency, “know your audience” is perhaps the most paramount. An essay may be expertly researched, a song beautifully scored, and a movie stunningly edited, but if the final product is not conscious of its audience, the message will, at best, fall on deaf ears.... Continue Reading →

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The Woman Who Stole From God

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The original source of the above now-famous quote can be traced to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in her book A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. Ulrich was writing about “The Hidden Ones” (Cotton Mather, predecessor of the first Great Awakening): the quiet, pious women... Continue Reading →

For All Nations (Mark Ch.11)

The next in my series of papers for my Gospel of Mark class... This paper deviated from the others in that I spent the entire three pages debating with points raised in our textbook. Thankfully, I was allowed to get away with it. 🙂 Even though this paper is unusual, I still wanted to share... Continue Reading →

The Woman Who Stole From God (Mark Ch.7)

This was another paper I wrote for my Gospel of Mark class... But truthfully, it's the "cliffnotes" version of a revelation that impacted me in one of my very first classes, Biblical Customs and Cultures. Understanding the depth and nuance in Jesus' interaction with the Syrophonecian woman changed my life and the way I looked... Continue Reading →

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