Articles By: Mackenzie Mulligan

I am a graduate of Biola University and a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute, and I'm also married to the extremely beautiful Anna Mulligan. I make my living as a writer (like, for a job), and in my free time I write on literally anything that strikes my mind long enough to make it onto my computer, although it generally comes back to some aspect of theology, either on Evangelical Outpost or on my personal blog (http://imperfectfornow.blogspot.com/). And in my spare spare time, I wrote a book! It’s called "Simon, Who Is Called Peter", and if you’re interested in the life of Jesus’ most notorious disciple, you should definitely give it a read! You can buy it right here: https://wipfandstock.com/store/Simon_Who_Is_Called_Peter_Life_as_One_of_the_Apostles (coming to Amazon soon!)

Frozen: True Love isn’t something that happens to you

  “Love can thaw a frozen heart.” That is the mantra of Disney’s newest film, Frozen, which is awesome and you should totally see it. This post contains spoilers, so if you don’t want that, then you probably shouldn’t read it. Quick synopsis:  The world of Frozen...
December 20th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

I’m Dreaming of a White Jesus

Are you ready for a heartwarming Christmas story of racial sensitivity, common sense, and humility? Well, that’s not happening. Because last week, Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly announced to children everywhere that Santa Claus was a white man. “He just is.” And then things got weird(er),...
December 18th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug achieved a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, a full 9% higher than its predecessor. Many reviews cite the faster pacing of the film as the reason for it’s success, and it is definitely faster…but is that a good thing? I loved An Unexpected Journey. I loved everything about...
December 18th, 2013 | Film | Read More

Five Iron Frenzy’s “Engine of a Million Plots”: Waiting for the Sun’s Return

It’s finally here: Five Iron Frenzy’s first album in ten long years. And it’s…different than what I was expecting. But still awesome. I am a long-time (life-time?) fan of Christian music, and I well remember that glorious moment, the summer in between my sophomore and junior...
November 26th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Love and Knowledge: Why ditching theology isn’t the answer

“Theology is ok for some people, but for me, I think it’s a lot better just to love people, you know?” At least, that’s what a growing chunk of evangelicals are saying. But does it hold up? Does it actually work? Does it even make any sense? This sentiment gets part of it right,...
September 26th, 2013 | Other | Read More

Sifted Like Wheat

It is fortunate–oh, so fortunate–that it was not Job, that paragon of patience and faith, that Jesus claimed he would build his church on.
August 29th, 2013 | Church, Other | Read More

In Defense of Christian Music (or “Meditation by Rock”)

At my very first summer camp, I heard DC Talk’s Jesus Freak playing from the loudspeakers before chapel. I didn’t know what it was, I’d never heard anything like it before, and as soon as I got back I asked my mom to find out. Fast forward to Christmas morning of that year: I awoke...
May 23rd, 2013 | Art & Literature, Culture, Media | Read More

“What to me and to you?” Jesus Surprises the Demons

When Jesus encounters demons in his travels throughout Israel, there are a couple reactions that we would expect from demons. Fear. Shuddering. Apprehension. But there’s one reaction we see multiple times that, on first thought, wouldn’t be expected: Surprise. In Mark 1:24, Jesus encounters...
April 11th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Theodicy of Glory

“A chance for Faramir, Captain of Gondor, to show his quality…” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers Caution: The following post contains a slight spoiler to G. K. Chesterton’s The Man who was Thursday.  Read the book and then come back to read this afterwards. I’ll wait.   Given...
March 12th, 2013 | Apologetics, Religion | Read More

The Good, The Bad, and the Swell: Thoughts on Modern Worship

I think that certain strains of modern worship do some things really well, and some things really poorly. I’ll be using my own church as my primary example, since this is (obviously) where I experience the most “corporate worship.” First, the good.   Freaking awesome guitar solo...
February 28th, 2013 | Music, Religion | Read More