A Touch of Madness

jesus-mosaicby Jonathan Gamble
Staff Writer

Many of them said, “[Jesus] has a demon, and is insane.” John 10:20

Despite our many contrasts, in one respect at least, there is no difference between Wake Divinity and the world: we often refer to things and the other as “crazy” just like everyone else. “That prophet was nuts!” I’ve heard someone say. “Did you hear what she said?” another has said in disagreement. “She’s crazy!” In everyday conversation, I have noticed myself and others here describing what displeases, what offends, and what busies us as “crazy,” “nuts,” or “delusional.” Continue reading

The Divinity Student’s Drug of Choice

coffee-addiction-jim-delilloby Elizabeth Corney
Staff Writer

An insistent whistle cuts through the noise of Sunday morning breakfast preparations. I carefully add the tea and hot water to my teapot. On weekends, I feel that I can take the time to make a good cup of tea rather than grab a quick to go order. Working towards a master’s degree makes caffeine a necessity—although the overwhelming presence of undergraduates in Starbucks at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library indicates that their tenure at Work Forest University is little different. The collective caffeine addiction of graduate and undergraduate students is apparent throughout the college. There are no less than four places to get your coffee fix on campus. The School of Divinity has a regularly scheduled coffee hour and an entire work study job devoted to that event. Late nights writing turn into morning presentations and afternoon classes fueled entirely by coffee and friends’ sleep deprived antics. Saintly professors provide coffee on exam days. We know we are dependent yet we can’t give up that little kick of energy to help us start the day or keep it going. Continue reading

In the Grip of Anxiety

anxiety_140911_by_aditya777-d7yqtikby Lisa Page
Staff Writer

Wrap one belt around the crown of your head and another around your chest. Tighten them and set your pace maker to turbo. Then think about the most important thing in your life going wrong. That’s how my anxiety feels.

Growing up I was a depressed and anxious kid. Things were hard and as a child I was ill-equipped to cope. In college I suffered from a major bout of serious depression. Coming to grips with my sexual orientation took a long time. I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t do my homework, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t feel anything but the weight of the world crashing down on me. All I could do was sleep. And then I came out and since then I’ve known no depression, only blue moods. Continue reading

Urinals, Churches, and Public Space

2013-10-04-BathroomImageby Brandon Hubbard-Heitz

For the past several weeks, male students at Wake Forest University have engaged in a heated dialogue about race and religion. Each time I have found myself standing at the urinal in men’s bathroom in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, I’ve had the opportunity to survey the progress of this important conversation. As far as I can tell, at the end of January a nameless provocateur disputed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s standing as a civil rights advocate, leading others to respond with biblical condemnations and others to declaim against the misuse of Scripture in the condemnation of others. Still another simply chose to head the written comments with a single word: “Butt.” Continue reading

Why I Am an Apostolic

rookcm12by Crystal Rook
Guest Contributor

The real question is “Why am I still an Apostolic?” As I reflect on how to articulate my reasons for being Apostolic, simple answers come to mind: it is how I grew up and it is what I am familiar and comfortable with. Apostolic or Oneness Pentecostalism is often characterized as a very rigid and strict denomination defined by fire and brimstone preaching and social and theological conservatism. Yet, I cannot deny it is a beautiful tradition. Yes, I admit there is room for growth. What denomination doesn’t have issues? In spite of the challenges, I am grateful for the lessons I have learned as an Apostolic: how to pray, the value of studying the Scriptures, and the benefits of serving and obeying God. Continue reading

Reproductive Rights for (People Who Don’t Want to Sound Like) Dummies

9072937_origby Jessica Place
Staff Writer

Recently, Idaho state representative Vito Barbieri participated in the grand political tradition of saying incredibly stupid things about the female anatomy. While hearing opposition to a bill that would restrict abortion rights in his state, Representative Barbieri asked if women could receive gynecological exams by swallowing a camera. Dr. Julie Madsen, who was testifying in opposition to the bill, then had to explain to this adult lawmaker that “that wouldn’t work, because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.” It’s true – while we may tell toddlers that babies “grow in mommy’s tummy,” there’s really no connection between the digestive system and the reproductive system. Continue reading

Third Year Spotlight Turns to Sarah Stitt

stittby Anna Fleig
Staff Writer

Not many people can say they are working three jobs, have started two businesses, and are planning a wedding while working on their Master of Divinity, but Sarah Stitt seems to be managing all these activities effortlessly and with grace. A woman of many skills and talents—from cracking a bullwhip to baking delicious cupcakes—Sarah is ambitious, dedicated, and learning to weave her love of theater into her vision of ministry. Continue reading