Month: May 2016

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Twenty-One Pilots and Your Soul

Being a millennial can be rough. I don’t typically care about labels, as I find them restrictive, but categories of things clearly matter and being a millennial does predict certain traits. It’s a generation of people whose jobs have been gutted by stupid trade deals.1 Most of them were raised with self-esteem centered parenting styles …

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What are people like? What I learned from Copywriting

Since I teach rhetoric, I’m always looking for ways to give my students an edge and this leads me down all sorts of great rabbit trails: books on hypnotism, psychology, watching speeches by famous politicians, ancient rhetorical manuals, books on family systems communication, and even books on marketing. Today I started Victor Schwab’s classic, How …

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Hell or Why I am a Christian: Pathos 1

My first emotional reason for being a Christian is the one that is often treated as the least worthy reason to care about Jesus. It’s the doctrine of hell. The doctrine of hell, some experience of post-mortem divine punishment for misdeeds in the present life is rejected by many intellectually and by even more practically. …

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Why I am a Christian

A few months ago I reevaluated this question from the angle of rhetorical appeal. I did this because as I’ve grown older I’ve had two somewhat opposite experiences: I’ve studied logic much more carefully. I’ve learned that, in general, while people are rational (their behavior has rationale), they are not reasonable. We do not operate solely …

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Wisdom Wednesday: The Master of Destruction and Deep Work

Proverbs 18:9 Even he who is slack in his employment is a brother of a master of destruction. (Author’s Translation) I can’t tell if I translated the passage above based solely on a desire to be literal or because “master of destruction” simply sounds better than the less literal, “him who destroys (ESV).” Anyhow, the …

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Happiness Project: 30 Days to Happiness

Gretchen Rubin wrote two books about happiness, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. My wife and I read them. We weren’t big fans of the style and I was less a fan of her definition of happiness which, as far as I could tell, meant, “positive emotions.” She doesn’t define it as pleasure, she’s …

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Theology Tuesday: The Soul

  I had never read anything by John Ortberg until now. I picked up his book “Soul Keeping,” simply because I found it for next to nothing and knew that he had been friends with Dallas Willard. The book, as far as I’ve gotten anyhow, ranges in quality. He has a kind of mega-church pastor …

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Music Monday: Beneath the Dawn

I don’t know what the clips are, but this was the only youtube upload of this song. It’s Beneath the Dawn by Brave Saint Saturn. It’s a great song to meditate upon as we approach fathers’ day.