Your Man-Centered Theology Will Crumble Under Persecution

Regardless of what your political affiliations are and what your response to the events this past week (or month . . . or year . . .) has been, you can’t honestly deny that the relationship between America at large and the Christian presence within it is going to be changing. While we might not…

Holiness Isn’t Awaiting You “Out There”

The last picture I posted on social media before Iva was born (the day before, as a matter of fact) was of my pregnant belly looming over the study Bible and journal on my lap. A warm coffee and lit candle can be spotted in the background. Though I was still busy and responsible for…

8/17/20 | Family Update & Future Plans for the Blog

Things have been pretty standard here at the Hageman home. Iva is busy growing, Devynn is busy working, and I am busy cooking/cleaning/caretaking. We’re settling into a semi-regular routine in these things – though we have plans for improvement still – and it has been really beneficial after such a wearying season of constant change…

Contend For The Faith

I grew up going to church, but I never heard much about the book of Jude. It sits in the very back of the Bible next to Revelation – somewhat dwarfed in contrast – and there isn’t generally a whole lot of attention paid to it compared to some of the other epistles and gospel…

Theological Compromise Won’t Unify The Church

There is an incredibly popular sentiment in contemporary Christian interactions regarding unity and division. You may have heard it before, especially if you’ve been involved in any conversations that fall even a little bit into the “comment war” category. It goes something like this: Why does [insert theological topic] matter to you so much? Just…

Theology In The Thick Of Life

“O Lord, make me know my end     and what is the measure of my days;     let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,     and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are…

Start Caring About Sound Worship

I tend to write about “hot topics” just past the point where they are becoming tedious to hear about. It’s probably one of my more irksome characteristics, but I’ll tell you the reason behind it: It’s easy to get caught up in the clamor surrounding a specific story or issue and totally miss its broader…

We Need More Domestic Theologians

Contemporary Christianity provides us with a picture of godly womanhood that revolves around a multitude of sweet nothings. I have spent most of my time on earth entrenched in Western church culture and this is the bulk of what I learned about “biblical womanhood” for the first nineteen years of my life: Preserve your virginity. Do…

Don’t Run From Theological Labels

There is a paradoxical problem in our culture where on one hand we need to allow for more nuance and middle ground – especially in political discourse – and on another hand, we need to be more bold about assigning ourselves to specific categories. Regarding the latter, I think theology is a big area where…