Author Archives: Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Amy lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and chef extraordinaire, Nathan Sheasby. She received her undergraduate degree in Ministry and Theology from Lipscomb University and her Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Practical Theology at Boston University. Before she moved to Boston, Amy spent two years teaching full-time in the Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry at ACU. Her primary areas of research include Homiletical Theology, Old Testament Theology, and Wisdom Literature.

Analysis Paralysis and Burnout: When Loving Our Neighbors is Exhausting

“Are you trying to make us depressed?!” my peer interrogated, with an exasperated tone. My fellow PhD students and I had just been informed that we would be required to complete what is called the Intercultural Development Inventory. The survey, which only takes about 45 minutes to complete, is designed by a company…

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Leaving the Museum: Daring to Preach in Present Tense

Once when I was in college, sitting in one of my Bible classes at Lipscomb University, I wandered into a peculiarly vivid daydream. Now, before I tell you about my daydream, I should probably issue an apology to any of my college professors who ever lost me to my daydreaming. The fault was…

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Is It Too Late to Turn Back? Reflections on the Difficulties of Change

I’ve recently entered a season that I might describe as a wilderness of sorts. My husband and I just moved to Boston, Massachusetts, nearly two thousand miles away from Abilene, Texas, the place that we have called home for the past five years. With a change of scenery, a change in culture, and…

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When Ministers Behave Badly: Why Facebook Forums Will Not Determine the Future of the Movement

The other day I experienced a most disconcerting juxtaposition that left me with one very big question concerning the future of Churches of Christ. I was teaching a maymester course for ACU called BCOR: The Search for Meaning. The course is designed to help students develop philosophical and theological frameworks for interpreting narratives.…

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From Itchy Dresses to Funeral Homes: Growing up with Easter

I have incredibly vivid memories of Easter from when I was a kid. My church didn’t observe Holy Week in the traditional or liturgical sense—it was all pretty much about Easter. Building up to Easter, I recall my mother busily tending to her many responsibilities. There was Easter service, of course, for which…

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My Enemies Have Stories

Enemies take on many forms, ranging in proximity to your present life, and making grand entrances and exits throughout your life story. People often become our enemies when they irreparably (and perhaps intentionally) wound us, leaving us to pick up the pieces of the fallout. There are also those enemies who cause harm…

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