Category: Mindset

Mindset

How-To Even

Previously, in the formerly current year, many people expressed their inability to even. Here are two examples pulled from a quick twitter search for the phrase:   But I submit to you that you can. You can even. And here’s how: Stop publicly emoting about your inability to even. Simply note the emotion and ask, …

Christian Mindset, Mindset

What is my calling?

Briefly, Jesus outlines the calling for every Christian here: Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (30) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all …

Christianity, Mindset, Philosophy

Rebuilding the Foundations

Bruce Charlton has a good post about the nature of the spiritual battle in the west: Modern Man is sabotaged by an evil metaphysics – in other words, it is our fundamental assumptions that undermine and subvert good living for us. We therefore need to discover, first that we actually do have a metaphysics; secondly …

Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

To the Christian who Can’t

One of the saddest claims I hear from Christians struggling with suffering, sin, or bad circumstances is “I can’t do anything about it so I’ll just have to let God do it.” It’s a claim that sneaks into so many contexts. Even questions like, “What are some helpful tips that could make us better listeners?” …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Culture, Mindset, Philosophy

Gary North on Training to Lose

Gary North wrote an article in 1980: Training to Lose, in which he observed: The athlete has to train before he enters the race. He must discipline his body and his will, in order to be fully prepared for the exertion of the contest. The contest has winners and losers, and the Christian is not …

Ethics, Mindset, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Effort Habit: Keep the Faculty of Effort Alive in You

William James on the Effort Habit One of my favorite selections from James’ psychology text book is about developing an effort habit: Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for …

Culture, Literature, Mindset, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Milton’s Psychology of Sin, Death, and Desire

One of the most horrifying depictions of the relationship of sin to death appears in Milton’s Paradise Lost. It carries with it all the archetypal horror that makes Ridley Scott’s Alien and Prometheus[1] so utterly frightening. In the excerpt below, Sin, personified as a gorgonesque creature explains to Satan how they came to know one …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

Trinity Sunday: Thomas A’Kempis on

The doctrine of the Trinity, is meant to be, as far as is possible, an expression of something God has revealed in Scripture. Insofar as it is, indeed, revealed by God it is designed to do no other than encourage piety, virtue, and the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty in the gospel and in …

Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

The Creation Narrative and Human Excellence

Here’s a repost from my old blog: Before we go on, below is the story of the creation of man in Genesis 1. Go ahead and read it in full as a refresher. Gen 1:26-31 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over …

Culture, Education, Mindset, Parenting, Philosophy

Philosophy, Psychology, and Parenting

To anybody who approaches parenting reflectively, the knowledge of personal imperfection should be obvious. That being said, on ye olde Internet, many people become very offended by the parenting efforts, advice, or suggestions of others. I think I understand why. We all know that we fall short as parents, but we desperately want to believe …