A Day in the Life of a Professional Mourner

The author was a professional mourner living in Palestine in the first century A.D./C.E. No one aspires to become a mourner. Even I entered the profession not by choice, but rather out of necessity, for my husband died and left me with such meager wealth that I would have been without bread in a few […] The post A Day in the Life of a Professional Mourner appeared first on Church & State ....more

Scotland’s Referendum in Perspective

If I type the word “Scotland”, what pops into your mind? Kilted men playing bagpipes? “They may take our lives, but they can never take our freedom!”? ...more

Educating the U.S. Senate

What, if anything, can we learn from examining the colleges attended by the 100 men and women of the U.S. Senate? Quite a lot, actually. Last week, I decided to start an interesting experiment in which I would research which institutions of higher learning the current members of the U.S. Senate attended, which degrees they […] The post Educating the U.S. Senate appeared first on Church & State ....more

I Love Mark Driscoll

“There is nothing new under the sun.” These famous words from the book of Ecclesiastes (1:9b) are so universally relevant that they tend to pop into my head whenever I find human behavior once again failing to provide any real element of surprise, despite the apparent contextual differences. Over the last couple days, I have […] The post I Love Mark Driscoll appeared first on Church & State ....more

The End Is Here

Yep, that’s right: the end of my hiatus is upon us! Very soon, new content will be gracing the pages of Church & State. Good things come to those who wait ....more


To my loyal readers, I want to thank you for visiting my site and all the encouragement you have given me in continuing my writing. After much consideration, I have decided to take a hiatus from Church & State in order to work on another project. Now that I am essentially working full-time once again, […] The post Hiatus appeared first on Church & State ....more


Dear Readers, I am sorry that it has been a while since my last post. Normally, I like to have something new up every week, but I have lately been lacking in time and inspiration. I will try not to let this dry spell last much longer ....more

Religious Freedom in the Era of Gay Marriage

Culture Clash Religious freedom in the United States is in peril, or so I have been led to believe. Over the past few weeks, we have seen three flash points in the so-called “culture wars”, events that have caused conservative Christians and/or just plain conservatives to once again sound the alarm about the growing persecution […] The post Religious Freedom in the Era of Gay Marriage appeared first on Church & State ....more

The Deluge: Was Noah’s Flood the Real Deal?

As the new film Noah is now playing at a cinema near you, and the church I am now attending was divinely predestined to come upon this story in their study of Genesis on exactly the same weekend (I’ve been told it was a mere coincidence), the Flood has been on my mind a bit […] The post The Deluge: Was Noah’s Flood the Real Deal? appeared first on Church & State ....more

Greetings from Motown

Dear Readers, I am currently spending a week in the Detroit area for new job training. This is consuming a substantial amount of my time and energy, so it is unlikely that I will be able to post anything for a little while. Please rest assured that I will be back to the drawing board […] The post Greetings from Motown appeared first on Church & State ....more