Category: Spiritual Life

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

Loving your enemies does not mean neglecting to love your friends.

Jesus put love pretty high up in his list of priorities for human flourishing. The biggest problem for modern romantics who prefer to rhapsodize about love is that he said to actually do it. Look how one of his closest friends summarized his message: 1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word …

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 …

Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

What is a good person?

Dallas Willard defines a morally good person: The morally good person is a person who is devoted to advancing the various goods of human life with which they are effectively in contact, in a manner that respects their relative degrees of importance and the extent to which the actions of the person in question can actually …

Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Main Point: The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is meant to impart knowledge of good and evil through the constant practice necessary to say, “No” to the desire to eat from a tree with tasty fruit. Minor Point God never offers instant wisdom in Scripture, but instead treats wisdom as a good …

Christianity, Spiritual Life

I’m Bigger Than You

A friend recently texted, as a joke, “Calvinism is true because I’m bigger than you.” But being big has advantages. Physically Being obese is unhealthy. And being too tall can be harder on your heart as you age. But being physically bigger is good. Height provides advantages to lawyers, salesmen, teachers, principals, managers, and most …