Mark Driscoll speaks at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. (Source: Video screengrab, julieroys.com) As well-intentioned Christians, we often make claims about how God speaks to us. There is a plethora of sentimental illustrations that seek to bolster our claims, including but not limited

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During my Ph.D. coursework, I took a class called Philosophy for Theology. My art scholarship was becoming more philosophical as I worked on Aesthetics and I felt I needed more philosophical grounding. So, this course was a good survey of issues that are relevant to my areas of concern. For

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The California State Capitol flying flags at half-mast in honor of my father, Cruz Reynoso. My dad passed away about six weeks ago. My mother passed away almost 14 years ago. Our family home was sold last year. I find myself feeling unmoored in a way I have never felt

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“St. Lawrence Distributing the Riches of the Church”, Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1625 The Parcast Network’s Conspiracy Theories podcast recently did a four-episode deep dive into the supposed mysteries of the Vatican. While some parts were interesting and some were just silly, it opened with what I thought was an odd

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Billy Graham One of my pastors offered a humorous shorthand for dealing with the complexities of defining American evangelicalism when I was a teenager. He repeated the joke, popular at the time, that an evangelical was anyone who liked Billy Graham. The corollaries to this statement helped sort “liberals” and

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This is, in my mind, a fantastic example of art in the church. Photo by Pamela Reynoso This cathedral is alive with art, and it’s not seen in just the permanent fixtures. I wanted to share these photos because I felt they tied in quite well with my essay about

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To be honest, the title of this blog post pretty much describes how I feel being an artist within the evangelical church. In my experience, artists tend to live on the fringes of societal norms due in part to seeing the world in a different way but when you add

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