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Cancer & Theology

Cancer & Theology

Cancer & Theology is an anthology of sixteen essays addressing the difficult questions of faith raised by illness and death. The essays, penned by a diverse collection of Christian thinkers (see below), are often raw and always honest. This anthology offers unique insights about the presence of God and the importance of community in the midst of grief and uncertainty.

Cancer & Theology is currently available both in paperback and as an e-book compatible with Amazon Kindle devices and apps (including most smartphones, tablets, and computers).* If you’d like to purchase 10 or more copies (for a support group, book club, class, etc.), please contact us directly using the form below.

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Paul Amlin
Kester Brewin
Adam Walker Cleaveland
Adam J. Copeland
Abigail Rian Evans
David Fitch
Nate Frambach
Greg Garrett
Tony Jones
Joshua Longbrake
Brian McLaren
Carol Howard Merritt
Brandon Lyman Mick
Andy Root
Mike Stavlund
Greg Syler


*20% of all proceeds from the sale of the e-book will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


What if there were a resource that not only made expressing an opinion less intimidating, but actually made it fun for people to explore and expand theological concepts in community?

Hypotherables is a radical new spin on youth ministry curriculum that uses original, compelling stories to stimulate spirited group discussions about a range of spiritual topics. Everyday faith issues like evangelism, honesty, temptation, and grace are reframed in the form of captivating stories culminating in a HYPOTHEtical question for the group to discuss—free from the fear of “wrong” answers. And because each story is an imaginative modern paRABLE—full of twists, turns, drama, and comedy—leaders can easily take the conversation even deeper. The informative sidebar commentary and convenient discussion guides make it nearly effortless to draw out rich biblical truths from the layers of metaphor embedded within each story.

This product is a digital download containing 10 one-of-a-kind hypotherables. Each session comes with:

  • A high-definition narrated video of the hypotherable
  • A slide presentation (in both Keynote and PowerPoint formats) for leaders who wish to narrate the story in their own voice and style
  • A Script + Commentary with the story, slide change cues, and informational remarks
  • A Conversation Catalyst with follow–up questions, thematic talking points, relevant Scripture references, and a closing prayer

It’s draining to be constantly creating or seeking out fresh new ways to spark meaningful faith conversations with your group. But it doesn’t have to be. With Hypotherables, the questions are hypothetical, but the conversations are real.


“With very little exception, I’ve never been a big fan of curricula. As a youth worker I found them restrictive, as a theologian I encountered them as theologically thin. This was true until Hypotherables. I’m happy to say, of this curriculum, I’m a BIG FAN. In this curriculum you’ll discover freedom and depth that promises to leave a lasting impact on your young people. Jake Bouma and Erik Ullestad are two of the most creative young leaders I know, and in Hypotherables you’ll see both their passion and talent in technicolor.”
Andrew Root, PhD
Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Author of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker Academic, 2014)

Wholeness & Holiness

Wholeness & Holiness is a unique and comprehensive biblical purity curriculum that marries grant-funded academic research with seasoned practitioner insight, development and testing, as it helps both students and parents discover what the Bible really says about purity.

Read more about Wholeness & Holiness and download a sample lesson at

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads is an every-other-weekly email that contains links to five articles you may have missed. We scour the depths of the web and hand-pick articles that spotlight creative voices with unique perspectives on religion, culture, and ministry.

Who reads this stuff?

We think R.R. would benefit everyone, but we’re probably biased. The readership is quite diverse, including professional clergy and laypeople from across the ecclesial spectrum. Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, and atheists are all represented.

Peruse the last few issues:

Or click here for the full archives.

The Elbow Cast

Coming soon…

  • Cancer & Theology

    Cancer & Theology

  • Hypotherables


  • Wholeness & Holiness

    Wholeness & Holiness

  • Recommended Reads

    Recommended Reads

  • The Elbow Cast

    The Elbow Cast

Who We Are

Elbow Co. is Jake Bouma and Erik Ullestad, two guys who love the church and are passionate about creating innovative resources to support people in ministry.

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