Worried to Death: Amy Simpson’s “Anxious” and the Sin of Worry

Most Christians are well aware of what Scripture has to say about worry. Our Pinterest boards and Facebook timelines testify to it: image after image of serene sunrises, placid oceans, fair skies, and green meadows is emblazoned with delicate cursive script reminding us to “Be anxious for nothing,” to “Fear not,” to “Cast all [our] [Read More...]

Confessions of an Advent Extremist: A Q&A with Sybil MacBeth


Even as we throw out the empty candy wrappers and put away the costumes from Halloween, the season of Advent looms just around the corner. Starting the last Sunday of November, Advent announces the beginning of the Christmas season in the Christian liturgical calendar. In our hyper-consumer culture however, the season of Advent often gets overlooked [Read More...]

Freedom and Resolve: A Q&A with Spiritual Teacher Gangaji


“It is essential to surrender our ideas of who we are to discover the truth of who we are. It is essential to surrender to the unknown, radiant truth of incomprehensible being. Then we know somehow what we have always known though it has been unacknowledged until that moment.” – Gangaji, author of Freedom & [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Sex: A Q&A with Amy DeRogatis


“The biggest misconception is that evangelicals are anti-sex.  They are not.  Contrary to popular stereotypes that characterize conservative Christians as prudes, since the 1960s evangelicals have been engaged in an enterprise to claim and affirm the joys of sex for married born-again Christians.” — Amy DeRogatis, author, Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism [Read More...]

Is Mormonism Congruent with Christianity?


By Terryl Givens Mormonism’s status as a Christian faith, and its exact relationship to Christianity, continue to be subjects of long-standing dispute. As prominent scholar Sydney Ahlstrom remarked of Mormonism in his celebrated Religious History of the American People, “One cannot even be sure if the object of our consideration is a sect, a mystery [Read More...]

A Balm for the Anxious Soul: A Review of Amy Simpson’s “Anxious”

I served as a hospital chaplain many moons ago visiting all the patients with no church affiliation. One guy and I became pretty good friends since he’d been in for so long recovering from a hip replacement. On one particular visit, he told me that his ankle was what really was hurting him that day. He [Read More...]

Finding Grace and Hope in the Midst of Anxiety: Reflections on “Anxious”

Reflections on Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry, by Amy Simpson Read more on this book in the Patheos Book Club here. I am grateful to Amy Simpson for naming a pervasive thread in the consciousness of so many in the 21st Century—the worry that attends so much of our musing, deciding and [Read More...]