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Economics, Book-Review, Culture

Book Review: Poor Richard’s Retirement

Aaron Clarey, Poor Richard’s Retirement: Retirement for Everyday Americans Aaron Clarey is a consultant and independent economist who writes books that are meant to help young men and women make wiser financial choices. His approach is no nonsense, gruff, and often cynical. But despite seeming like a complete jerk, his advice which is free on …

Basics, Writing, Dialectic, Education

Dialectic: The Second Art of the Trivium

Introduction: What is dialectic? What is logic? The second liberal art is logic or dialectic. Dialectic typically refers to the practice of precise discussion, using a question and answer format with facts or apparent facts, to explain or get at the truth. It has another, less academic, use I’ll explain later. Logic is a more …

Exercise, Health

Self-Deception, Self-Knowledge, and Self-Denial

In Luther’s 95 theses, he observes, “Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.” I think that Luther is correct here. For instance, in Romans 12:2, Paul summarizes the Christian life as being “transformed by the renewing of the mind.” Luther’s thought …

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Dallas Willard on Acknowledging God

There are many passages of Scripture that give instructions whose application is not always apparent. One the most important disciplines prescribed in your Bible is to “set the Lord always before” you (Psalm 16:8). Elsewhere it is put this way, “In all your ways, acknowledge him…” (Proverbs 3:6). But how? Dallas Willard gives us solid …

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How to Read Biblical Metaphor

When we read our bibles we’ll often come across well-crafted images which were meant, at the time, to pack tremendous rhetorical punch. Two of the biggest mistakes we can make are to: Read over the images with no feeling and think of them as ancient curiosities. Work hard to understand them academically without reference to …

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Growth in Grace: Means

In previous posts I’ve been writing about God’s grace and what it means to grow in that grace. To grow in anything, at least on purpose, we need to have three things. Vision, Intention, and Means. Today, we learn about means. By what means can we grow in God’s grace? A word about means, means …

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It’s a New Year: Be the Ant

Pro 6:6-8  Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.  (7)  Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,  (8)  she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. This is a short passage. In context, the author is talking about settling accounts and avoiding poverty. There are four …

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Fake it Till You Make It

One of the weirdest struggles I have is periodic long stretches of depressive/depressing thoughts. I’ve never been diagnosed with depression, but I sometimes struggle with debilitating self-doubt, lack of confidence, and even feelings of meaninglessness. And when I said debilitating, I meant that on a vacation I’ve been able to literally sit and do nothing …

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The Fourth ‘C’

Over at the Bold and Determined blog there is a post about the Three Cs of a morning routine (their post is great, read it). They are: Coffee Cardio Cold Shower These are all good ideas. I’m not a fan of aerobics or cardio as a form of fat loss or as a way to “get …

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Applying the Advanced Thought Kata: Evaluate Your Actions

Previously, I’ve written about two thought katas: The Beginner Kata The Advanced Thought Kata The advanced kata has applications beyond mere thoughts. If we change the words, this kata becomes a useful tool for evaluating your habits: All habits have a purpose with a point of view based on assumptions which have consequences and form our identities.  …