In My Christian Opinion

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May 20, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Reading: A Special Pain – How Reading’s Negative Stigmas, are Actually to Your Benefit

There is no doubt that reading is natural to some and completely unnatural to others. No doubt. In these contemporary times, Psychology has shown us that not everyone’s best way of learning is through books- or words even. Though, I believe modern Psychology is a little weak; weak in regards to that it often gives people permission to be weak and lazy. “I wasn’t born with that learning style,” “My mind just doesn’t work that way.”

Again, there are legitimate credences to those thoughts. My conviction is this though:

“For everyone; reading is a skill (a function) that can be mastered or left alone to die. It’s up to you the individual to see it’s worthwhileness and make it your own art.” Continue Reading

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April 14, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Action: Bursting False Confidence

Our minds have those subtle ways of being both daringly idealistic and ignorantly optimistic. This fusion builds a bubble of a fortress that holds for as long as possible before it inevitably bursts. Bursts because of what, you maybe wondering? Action.

Not only must this feeble combination be broken up– of daring idealism and ignorant optimism; but we must battle everything that is inside ourselves that would help it. To do that, let’s first give it a name: maybe ‘Our False Reality’.

What is the False Reality?

Like any proper, feel-good Disney Blockbuster, our False Reality coddles us into a make-believe confidence– or you could think of it as an ego of sorts. I mean, we’ve met these people (although hardly recognize the characteristics within ourselves). Millions of unemployed football coaches yelling at their screens on any given Sunday afternoon, “Why’d you call that? I would have never have ran that option!” Oh, and the back seat drivers; God help us, with just a pinch less of self-restraint Continue Reading

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October 14, 2015 • Letterbook

When I Read

When I read, I breathe new air, wear old shoes, and all the knowledge in the world is sat before me; teeming. Earth, now a little smaller though now also a little bigger. It’s all the same. Little things become complicated and complicated things beautiful. It begins to seem like the problems of this reality are solved. Yet, the answers are bound to the black Continue Reading

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September 22, 2015 • Letterbook

a Thought on Evil

Everybody wants to be the one who fights the evils that are staring the world in it’s face. What you find much less of, is a person who wants to take on the evil lurking in the dark corners of places half hidden.

Nobody wants to face an unseen evil. There is no glory to be had; no praise in the streets when you return. And certainly no help in the case were you to need it.

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September 2, 2015 • Biblical Thinking

A Fountain Here and Near

I doubt any claims of maturity that come from my mouth. I’m just 23 and have so much longer to go before I can jockey for that attribute. So take this advice lightly, unless there is some resonance that seems right.

Different Glories

The young man within me revels at my strength. It’s the glory of the young (Proverbs 20:29) and by it the young are able to contribute. Those grayed, they can claim experience and maybe even wisdom, depending on the person. Their contributions are much different than the young man’s. He is able to  Continue Reading

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August 13, 2015 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Shedding Introvert’s Guilt

I remember days in my young boyhood where I would heroically command a unit of burly men to victory in numerous backyard campaigns. I never lost once. Sometimes I would be the captain of my very own USS Enterprise, or lead the chase in a foot pursuit of a burglar. For a kid who had massive amounts of bravery, in my head, I found myself clinging tightly to pillows on the couch when I was presented with a phone and the accompanying words, “Guess who wants to talk say Hi!?”

There are a thousand situations in life that leave the introvert wanting for an escape route or a timeout card. It doesn’t help either that there are polarizing opinions about introverts’/extroverts’ expectations of what we demand of the other. Introverts constantly play the victim in the hands of an extraverted world that, let’s face it, probably isn’t out to kill us. Continue Reading

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July 6, 2015 • Biblical Thinking

Answers for a Friend – Q&A about God’s Purpose and Presence Throughout Singleness and Marriage

These are my answers to questions a friend had for me. I’m posting it all on my site because it’s convenient and lets me add links to the text easily. Plus the answers could help other people too.

M, these are great questions, and it’s good that you’re asking them and really seeking what the Bible says about the subject. Most people skip the Bible and look to cultural/social/autonomous answers instead the source of all good and wholesome wisdom. I’m answering these questions from almost the same exact position that you’re asking them from. I’m a single guy. I’m 24 in a month and sometimes my singleness feels a lot like a burden and I have often felt inadequate. But, these questions do have answers! And the answers are very comforting for the Christian. So here are some of my thoughts to your questions. I will also provide links to other articles/videos and Bible references. These aren’t perfect answers, but they are my best attempt. Continue Reading

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April 14, 2015 • Letterbook

The Futility of Weighty Opinions and Unfounded Answers

If only the whole of the world could live in my mind. Oh, how I would right the wrongs. Straighten paths that have long ventured past their intended courses. Setting before men and women the ideals of visionaries, making all humanity sing the same songs and breathe the same breaths.

But my efforts end where my hands do. My vision ends at the last place it is heard and so not dealt with. I set out to do something but to only cast a small shadow. I go forward but a few steps. Slightly. Barely enough to say I went.

My only hope is that everyone else sees this world in a congruent manner and follows their shadows their small bit. Bringing flowers and smiles their short distance. Together, righting wrongs and making bended paths fall the very straight ways they ought.

But nothing man does can yield the fruit that they yearn for. So our last resort is God, and we lean fully into His promise. For none of us has absolute power and if any among us did, their lack of wisdom would lead us into the same situations that we are now in.

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December 18, 2014 • Biblical Thinking

Why Hell?

Hell doesn’t exist to scare people into heaven. It exists because deserving people exist.

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