Month: March 2017

Economics

Why did I abandon free-trade orthodoxy?

The federal income tax decreases liberty and gives government officials incentive to increase the scope and power of the federal government. Because we are a federal system in the United States, we need some form of funding for government operations. In my mind, funding that with tariffs is wiser and more constitutional. Essentially, I’m a protectionist because …

Christian Mindset, Ethics, Bible, Christianity

Of Saints and Serpents or the Christian and Inner Darkness

I ran across Gavin De Becker’s The Gift of Fear and picked it up. He quotes Nietzsche: 146. He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee. – Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil aphorism 146 This line …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Mindset, Spiritual Life

Approval seeking and its dangers

Everybody wants to be accepted and approved of. In fact, social rejection (or by inference, sense of rejection by God) can be just as jarring as physical pain. There’s a haunting scene in the gospels in which people respond negatively to Jesus, and while he has a theological explanation for the event at hand, he …

Book-Review, Education, Pedagogy, Psychology

Book Review: Stuart Ritchie’s Intelligence: All that matters

Stuart Ritchie, Intelligence: All That Matters. (Hodder & Stoughton, Kindle Edition 2016). As an educator and leader, I try to stay up to date on research into personality and human potential. But sometimes I cannot keep up with recent findings. Stuart Ritchie’s new book helped fill the gaps. Dr. Ritchie is a post-doc researcher at …

Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Who Should Evangelize?

Here’s the great commission from Matthew 28:18-20: Matthew 28:18-20 ESV And Jesus came and said to them [the eleven disciples], “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of …

Contemporary Trends, Christian Mindset, Christianity, Spiritual Life

What does the Bible say about finding romance?

Perhaps the two most frequent things young Christian men ask me for advice about are relationships and overcoming a pornography habit. I’ll stick with relationships, though Dallas Willard has great advice for those who struggle to kick pornography: Beyond Pornography. On to relationships. Most of the guys who ask for advice, though sometimes women come to …

Uncategorized

Good Charlotte Was Right: A Science Fact of the Day

I haven’t done a science fact of the day lately. Work is time consuming. Don’t forget, science facts of the day are my thoughts on and descriptions of what scientists say. In other words, it’s a fact that some scientists have said it. What I write is not necessarily a fact of nature nor something I even …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education, Parenting

Sunday School: Career vs Calling

Christianese: I’m not sure what I’m called to do. I’m pretty sure God is calling me to become a chef. God told me to change majors. God called me to date so-and-so. I’m feeling called to the [insert cause that allows for very little personal accountability here]. 3 Aspects of Calling (in and out of …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

On the sissyness of Christian advice.

Often, advice from successful Christian men and women boils down to platitudes that sound spiritual, but reflect neither wisdom nor what those very people did to become successful. Here are things I heard in sermons to college students when I was in college or that I heard when I asked for advice: Ask God for guidance. …

Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Seek first the Kingdom of God…how?

A lot of Christian advice boils down to platitudes with neither moral nor practical content. Sadly, our tendency to speak in airy nothings to one another as a time saving mechanism as stripped many of Jesus’ central ideals of meaning and practical content. An example is, “Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness …