Samuel D. James
Evangelical reflections on theology, books, technology, and society from Samuel D. James.
Created 11 Nov 2019
  • Five Things I Learned as a Pastor's Kid
    15 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 9 0
    1. Pastors are people too! There seems a resilient misconception that pastors are less prone than the rest of us to things like exhaustion, temptation, frustration, and loneliness. I’ve seen that the ...
  • Advice to a Young Writer
    12 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1 0
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  • Thank YOU
    10 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 7 0
    This morning, this newsletter hit a very meaningful milestone: 1,000 total subscribers. This may sound like a lot to others, but to me it is far more than I could ever have expected, especially in a s...
  • Yes, You Need to Talk to the Manager
    07 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 8 7
    At the risk of leaning too far into generational stereotypes, which are indeed lazy and perpetuate slipshod thinking, I’m going to observe yet another difference between people of my age and of my par...
  • The Star Wars/MCU Crossover is Inevitable
    30 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I had a lot of fun watching Spider-Man: No Way Home. Why? Well, because it’s fun for someone my age to be catered to in the way that the film caters to people my age. (That’s a ridiculous sentence, bu...
  • You Are Free to Not Despair
    22 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 13 2
    Gen-Z have obstacles in front of them that millennials like myself did not. I’m grateful that I know a childhood apart from the Internet and apart from the smartphone, and that my middle school years ...
  • How Should We View the Church?
    18 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 9 0
    The past few years of my spiritual life have brought two distinct, intersecting truths to the surface of my consciousness. First, the answer to shame, insecurity, and fear in my own individual heart i...
  • 12 Observations on Spiritual Authority
    10 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 9 4
    1. Pastors who abuse their authority are in sin, and pastors who persist unrepentantly in this sin are morally and spiritually disqualified from ministry. 2. The Bible does not minimize this sin. In f...
  • The Fellowship of the Ring is the Most Important Movie of My Lifetime
    09 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 6 1
    If I were a more disciplined writer (and perhaps a more efficient husband, father, and employee), I would have begun months ago researching and preparing an expertly crafted essay on the seismic effec...
  • In Praise of Slow Reading
    02 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    I love seeing the December end-of-year reading lists from friends. One of social media’s few unambiguous benefits is how easy it is to get good recommendations for reading, watching, listening, etc. B...
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