if you don’t know where the church has been, you have no business telling it where to go. church history is the only access we have to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. our language about history, or lack thereof, may create the current realities we find ourselves in. Christians often believe the latest is the best and the most developed, but this believe emerges in a hubris unassigned by the Gospel of Christ.

DocOk told us last fall that, “we don’t just study Augustine. We study the Bible with Augustine.”

"Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul."
Jaime Lyn Beatty (via her0inchic)


Ballet Dancers in random situations Part 2 of 9. Photos by Jordan Matter

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holy shit.

"… when the tragic, inexplicable events come, one of the hardest things to accept is that we don’t have answers or explanations enough to cover the way they tear us up inside."
Kathleen Norris - The Cloister Walk (via themountainstremble)
"Things that shouldn’t offend you: profanity, the opinions of others, Jesus followers who smoke and drink. Things that should offend you: poverty, drone strikes, famine, daughters being bought and sold."
Brett Thatcher (via ironworthstriking)



We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. Or even if we first marry the right person, just give it a while and he or she will change. For marriage, being [the enormous thing it is] means we are not the same person after we have entered it. The primary problem is … learning to love and care for the stranger to whom you find yourself married.

Hauerwas quoted by Tim Keller in: The meaning of marriage, 2012.

every time i try to write a post with a personal narrative in it i suck. but suffice it to say, i have a lot of feelings about Christian males who are incapable of communicating with women beyond a primarily potential romantic-other way. i have a lot of concerns about a generation of guys who profess the name of Christ that cannot see women as human beings, but continue to write the females in their life off as “overreactive,” “nagging,” “stumbling blocks,” or any number of other things. i have a lot of angst about the males in my life who have decided for me that my thoughts, opinions, and discoveries about both theology and philosophy aren’t quite as valid as theirs because i haven’t read all of their favorite old white bros. i have a lot of anger towards males who cannot interact with me on a human level, instead writing me off as someone’s girlfriend or somehow too overly sexualized (only so because of their thought process) in a bikini. i have written off many males in the past year who have considered my anatomy before my ideas, including people i used to think i was in love with. i have especially decided to discontinue, to an appropriate amount, my socialized “niceness” towards males who assert their power in demeaning, dehumanizing, and belittling ways. i do not feel the need to laugh and giggle when male coworkers comment on my shirts. i am capable of being both kind and loudly assertive with my male coworker when he abandons me during a dinner rush, even when he is angry back. i do not have to put up with bullshit. i do not have to be told what to do or how to dress by men. i refuse to continue limiting myself by my sex and expect others to do the same. when they do not, i will mentally pat them on the back and walk away.

i am a woman, and i’m finding my feet.

more importantly, i’m teagan, and i’m finding my feet.

more more importantly, i’m finding my voice.

"The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (via fourteendrawings)

Love is waking up at 4am to take him to the ER. Love is being assertive with hospital staff even when it goes completely against your general nature. Love is letting him throw up on you and laughing. Love is him driving me home just to hold me during menstrual cramps. Love is buying me a bed when all I had was the floor. Love is him moving across the country to look into my eyes every day. Love is being free to be upset with one another and not going to sleep until it’s resolved. Love is weeping uncontrollably and letting oneself be held. Love is him helping me move. Love is me helping him move. Love is keeping me accountable about smoking. Love is helping him figure out a better diet. Love is dreaming about our honeymoon more than our wedding together. Love is honest and ugly crying when one of us fucks up, and true “I’m sorry“‘s. Love is going on long bikes rides together just to chase the sun. Love is good silence. Love is disallowing of the other hating themselves. Love is peaceful. Love is gentle. Love is kind. Love is nurturing. Love is fart jokes and me sending him pictures of my poop. Love is him engaging feminism and liberation theology with open ears. Love is me engaging evolution and process theology with open ears. Love is sharing food. Love is sharing oneself. Love is commitment that, come what may, we’re both not going anywhere. Love is knowing we’re not going to measure up and loving the other person anyway. Love looks like Jesus with skin on.