UPDATE: See end of blog post. At times finding quotes and references in student essays, and even in academic works, can be a bit like the old gameshow Catchphrase. Although on the whole quotations should be clearly referenced, and therefore relatively easily found, there are occasionally those which send you…

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Book Review: Understanding Gender Dysphoria – Mark Yarhouse

Understanding Gender Dysphoria Mark Yarhouse; 2015. | IVP Academic | 191 pages 978-0-8308-2859-3 Gender dysphoria (GD) and transgender issues are currently a hot topic in the media and everyday discourse, thanks in no small part to the topic being thrust into the limelight by celebrity events. However, the current media…

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Personal Stories and Narrative Identity

Identity is a hot topic in our society, with regular articles on ‘How to find your identity’ and what identity means in a shifting culture. Advocates on all sides of the culture, gender and sexuality wars also appeal to identity as a core ideal worth defending. However, from the broad usage…

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Book Review: ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Church’ by Rhys Bezzant

Jonathan Edwards and the Church Rhys S. Bezzant; 2014. | OUP USA | 328 pages 978-0-19-989030-9   Although Jonathan Edwards wrote and preached on an exceedingly wide variety of theological subjects, many scholars declare that he did not have any independent ecclesiology. Rather that his ecclesiological impulses were driven by…

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Book Review: Esther and Her Elusive God

One of the many joys of having children is getting to experience different aspects of your childhood all over again, albeit in a different form. I have alluded to some of these via the various reinterpretations of children’s stories and nursery rhymes on this blog. However, given my current training…

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Yesterday I had the time to read an excellent long form report from Gary Younge—a British reporter for the Guardian—on his upcoming departure from the United States, where he has been reporting for the past twelve years (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/gary-younge-farewell-to-america). Throughout his report he notes that the overwhelming reason for his imminent…

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