Month: September 2017

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Music Monday: What is this?

This is, easily, the weirdest song I’ve listened to in the last four years. Based on the comments section, it appears that the song has a fan base among the marijuana smokers, or as I call them to save syllables, ‘dopers.’   Anyway, if want some more standard fare, I recommend this:  

Culture

Classifying What Speech is Free

In an NYT piece, Lisa Barrett argued that: By all means, we should have open conversations and vigorous debate about controversial or offensive topics. But we must also halt speech that bullies and torments. From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence. But I would suspect that most …

Christianity, Speculative Theology

Why is Covetousness Idolatry?

In Colossians 3:5, Paul equates covetousness with idolatry: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5) Why? Well, in Genesis 1:29, man is given explicit permission to eat any plant. In Genesis 2:16-17, God forbids consuming one fruit (incidentally, the eating of animals is …

Exercise, Health

Thoughts on Strength Training For Women

A friend recently asked if I could help her design a strength training program (and I just finished). And while I made one for my wife and made jump/chin-up/and general strength programs for clients in the past, I still just felt the need to look more into the research on women’s health issues and the …

Music

Music Monday: When Bastille “Can’t Even!”

When I heard this song the other day, I thought it was a parody: How can you think you’re serious? Do you even know what year it is?  I can’t believe the scary points you make  Still living in the currents you create Still sinking in the pool of your mistakes  Won’t you stop firing …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Self-Esteem

A former student sent me a link to a video about self-esteem last week. She asked for my comments. I finally made time to watch it today. Here’s the video:   Matt Walsh is certainly correct here. Confidence, defined essentially as known competence in the face of difficulty is superior to self-esteem (see note below).  But …

Bible

Thoughts on the Trees in Eden

In Genesis 2:9, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are both “in the midst of the garden.” That’s not a literary happenstance. Proverbs 3 makes a startling connection if you keep Genesis 3:6 in mind (the tree was desirable to make one wise):  Blessed is the one …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Jung and God

In Man and His Symbols, Jung attempts to tackle the topic of religious experience: Christians often ask why God does not speak to them, as he is believed to have done in former days. When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the rabbi who was asked how it could be that …

Book-Review

Review: Baby’s Very First Library

Got this for my daughter. Don’t be fooled. It’s not a book. It’s a series of books starting with Baby’s Very First Bedtime.  The adventure starts at night with the moon. This is fitting as reality seems like a dream. Am I awake, sleeping, in between? These experiences of the transcendent and the transitory are …

Bible, Christianity, Culture

A brief spiritual exercise from Genesis 1:26-31

In Genesis 1, the Lord makes the world insofar as it is experienced by humanity, as a place he considers good and very good. It is a composition of chaos and order and more fully, in Genesis 2, God makes a Garden to demonstrate to man how, as a being in his image, to subdue …