Category: Spiritual Life

Christianity, Culture, Spiritual Life

The Christian Hope and Homo Prospectus

The Christian version of the afterlife is unique in two respects. It is so unlike our present existence that the Bible says that it can only be seen dimly and is best expressed in images. But it is very much like our present existence in that our present self will be preserved and will have …

Christian Mindset, Spiritual Life

Why is there freedom with the Spirit of the Lord?

2 Timothy 1:6-7 Therefore, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which was given you by the laying on of my [Paul] hands. For, God has not given us a cowardly spirit, but a spirit of power, love, and discipline.2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord [to which I’ve been referring] is …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Education, Mindset

Growth and Biblical Wisdom

Everybody has a self-theory, some hypothesis or doctrine about what/who they are. Some of these theories are simple sentences like, “I’m an athlete.” Others are more fundamental, like, “I’m worthless.” According to Carol Dweck and Daniel Molden, our self-theories lead directly to our self-esteem maintenance/repair strategies after we fail at a task or to reach …

Ethics, Education, Self-Mastery, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Burning off dead wood

What is a human being and how does it grow? Two men offer helpful and constructive answers can be found below. To be human is to be the sort of creature whose mind can incorporate struggles and trials into itself to become more. Marcus is commenting on the Stoic concept that human beings are rational …

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Self-Mastery, Spiritual Life

Don’t Pray When Tempted?

We all know that prayer is a great tool for spiritual growth and in some ways it is the method and even the goal of the Christian life. But is there ever a time in the Christian life in which prayer is not the go-to tool? In a book on Greek Orthodox spirituality, the author recounted a …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Spiritual Life

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil

Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice: neither shalt thou favor a poor man in his cause. (Exodus …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual Life

A Spiritual Exercise From Genesis 4:1-7

The Introduction to Cain’s Story Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a …

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 …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

From the outside in?

The pattern we typically set for people who wish to be more like Christ is this: Start from the inside out. It’s not unreasonable. Jesus says roughly that to the Pharisees: Matthew 23:25-26 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they …

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Spiritual Life

The Mindset of the Spirit and the Mindset of the Flesh

Since becoming a teacher, I’ve been utterly intrigued by Carol Dweck’s concept of mindset. What’s interested me most is where the idea appears in Scripture. The most obvious part of the Bible is in Romans 8: 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those …