Tag: Thoughts

Christianity

Whether we live or die, Aslan will be our good lord.

At two points in C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair, Prince Rillian makes an important claim about the state of their adventure: “Doubtless this signifies,” said the Prince, “that Aslan will be our good lord, whether he means us to live or die. All’s one for that.” “Courage friends,” came Prince Rillian’s voice, “whether we live …

Bible, Christianity

Christian Conflict Resolution

Like all people, Christians have conflict over ideas, practices, preferred traditions, and how to spend money. Conflict is good. It helps solve problems. But we frequently handle this conflict in ways that contradict the purpose of the church and the content of the gospel message! When we value a minor thing as though it were …

Bible, Christianity

The life of the mind in early Christianity

This is the best couple of paragraphs from N.T. Wright’s massive two volume tome: That is the point at which Paul found himself inventing and developing this new discipline we call, in retrospect, ‘Christian theology’. The radically new worldview in which he and his converts found themselves was bound to face the question ‘why’ at …

Uncategorized

Abba Joseph, Beetle Kings, and Jesus

This little piece from the desert Fathers helpfully illustrates Matthew 5:14-16: Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, “Abba, as far as I can I say my Little Office. I fast a little. I pray. I meditate. I live in peace and as far as I can, I purify my thoughts. What …

Bible, Christianity

Are you really better?

Stephanie, at Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo, criticizes a blogger for her reasoning that outrage over actions like pedophilia is improper due to our own moral failures. Here is her main thought:  She “laughs” at the incongruity of normal people daring to judge a child molester when calling for justice to be done.  Why would …

Film, Music, Culture, Literature

Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty, and the Devil

In the three most recent adaptations of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock, Elementary, and the Game of Shadows) at crucial moments Holmes is deceived by Moriarty into making a tactical error and in the mean time a song about demon forces is played. There Are Spoilers Below In the movie, Holmes is fooled into thinking Moriarty intended …

Bible, Christianity

Cosmic Remarriage: A Sermon by Chris Borah with some Reflection

Below, you’ll find the audio to a sermon by one Chris Borah: Your browser don’t support audio player 16 July Cosmic Remarriage by Chris Borah It’s worth a listen.  Here some brief festoonings and trains of thought brought up by his sermon (they may be of interest or help even if you don’t listen: Personal: …

Autobiography, Politics

Conservatism Conserves What?

This is an edit of a post from October 21st, 2016 When I was in junior high I learned about conservatives and liberals. I was really confused about the fact that liberals wanted more rules for business owners and that conservatives wanted to spend more money on war. A couple of years later, I converted …

Education

Six cool tricks for sounding smart

People are always telling me, “Geoff, you’re such a smart guy.” Lot’s of people think I’m a smart guy. It’s an empty compliment, but I enjoy it. Sherlock Holmes was the same way: “I shall never do that,” I [Watson] answered; “you have brought detection as near an exact science as it ever will be …

Christianity, Culture

Winning: Fighting to Win in Ender’s Game and Life

On the value of winning I think winning is a dirty word to some people. I used to think that way, but it’s simply not true. Competition in itself is not evil. Losing teaches lessons that can turn into positive experiences just as much as winning can. Similarly, winning a debate, a legal case, or …