Lauren R. E. Larkin is a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry where she earned an MDiv and STM focusing on Systematic Theology and Ethics with a special interest in grace, gender, and justice.
She is married to a wonderful man and stays at home with her two boys and her daughter. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Universität Zürich. She has contributed essays to various publications, including The Gospel According to Pixar and Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl, and also writes at Mockingbird.
Articles By Lauren R.E. Larkin
The Free Gift
Tuesday January 10, 2017christian life •
A gift freely given is a confusing thing. And the larger the free gift the harder it is to understand.
Barely Alive & Barely Breathing
Tuesday December 27, 2016christian life • pain & suffering •
I am convinced that all real change and transformation in our lives, all the real and tangible knowledge of who God is, and undeterred faith is borne not out of sheer positive determination to know but out of the very dark, dark moments in our lives.
How Good It Feels to be Loved
Tuesday December 6, 2016christian life •
A while back, I was reading Black Beauty to my boys at nap-time. While it was a favorite of mine growing up, I was struck (read: shocked) by the repeated emphasis on right action and the dichotomy between good humans and bad humans - which seems solely to be based on action. I questioned how I even loved this story as a child; why in the world did I shed so many tears every time I read it? The story seems so full of judgment.
My Body Broken
Tuesday October 18, 2016christian life • parenting •
One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is become a mother, specifically a stay-at-home-mom.
No More Tears
Thursday September 29, 2016grace 101 •
I’ve spent a good deal of my adult Christian walk having difficulty accepting God’s free, gracious gift of Grace, of being freely justified by faith in Christ alone.
Remembering the Water, Forgetting the Shame
Tuesday September 6, 2016christian life • pain & suffering •
I spent the later part of my teens and first half of my 20s acting out in radically self-destructive ways.
Surviving Back to School
Tuesday August 9, 2016christian life • family • parenting •
This morning I walked my boys to their first day of school for the 2016/17 school year. I all but skipped the whole way; my step was full of spring, theirs was a bit more shuffled. Yes, I am glad that school is back in session. But before you cast me that oh-great-another-ungrateful-mom-is-happy-that-she’s-rid-of-her-kids side-ways glare or mumble under your breath that I should be more grateful for the miracles and blessings that are my children, let me assure you: I am in fact very grateful for their lives and do see them as the blessings they are, so much so that I’ve set my occupational aspirations to super slo-mo to serve them to the best I can.
Give Me the Baby
Tuesday July 12, 2016christian life •
Those aren’t the words a person trying to keep it all together ever wants to hear.