Month: September 2014

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How to be boring

In a psychology today article I found this treasure trove of ways to lose friends and alienate people: The #1 most boring way of behaving was what the researchers called “negative egocentrism” – “being negative and complaining, talking about one’s problems, displaying disinterest in others” Banality – “talking about trivial or superficial things, being interested …

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Walking in the Spirit and the Four-Fold Gospel

TLDL The things of the Spirit in Romans 8:1-17 are actually the same sorts of things we find in the four gospels. This is what Paul wants us to be mindful of in our day-to-day life with Christ and his church. Whole Thought Romans 8 is, by many accounts, one of the most beautiful passages …

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Physical and Spiritual Satiety

 A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet. (Pro 27:7 NAS) Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. (Pro 27:20 NAS) Physical Satiety The obvious meaning of Proverbs 27:7, “A sated man loathes honey, but to a famished man, any bitter …

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Punching Bags

It was finally cool enough to work out in our garage rather than at the gym. Avery and I lifted weights and I hit the punching bag. I increased the intensity of my blows just because I thought my hands had hardened up pretty well over the past several weeks. This resulted in two things. …

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Two Ways to Efface God’s Image

Throughout Scripture it seems that humanity is meant to do two things: Be like God (Genesis 1:26-27) Worship God (Genesis 4:1-4) I don’t mean to propose some lens here that is the super right and only way to read Scripture. But I do notice that many of the sins throughout Scripture involve attempts to be …

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Mistaken Theological Tidbits

Everything happens for a reason. The phrase above is trivially true. Every thing that happens certainly has a cause. But it is often seen as a piece of centrally true theological reasoning. You lock your keys in your car, “God did it for a reason.” You get gas from over-eating, “It happened for a reason.” …

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Thoughts I’ve lately had

Teaching people to be disciples of Jesus might actually take some wisdom literature/self-help classes on time management, goal seeking, and how to say no to feelings. In the Old Testament, covenant seems to be the more important institution when compared with kinship. Thinking about point 1, young Christians certainly need to understand the gospel before …

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Memory and Hearing Scripture

Joshua Foer, in his book on memory, Moonwalking with Einstein, observed this about adding versification to the Bible: For the first time, a reader could refer to the Bible without having previously memorized it. One could find a passage without knowing it by heart or reading the text all the way through. (144) This observation is quite important …

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Brief Thoughts on Two Books

I have a read a significant number of books about fitness. They range in quality and in genre. Some are essentially reprints of complicated protocols used by coaches. Others attempt to give training advice based upon evidence, whether scientific, anecdotal, or testimonial. Some attempt to give theories of training from principles. The two books that …