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February 8, 2019 • Biblical Thinking

The Uncommon Means of a Life Well-Lived | Part 1

Our Ways of Doing vs. God’s Way of Doing

There seems to be many patterns of thought or thinking that we hold on to that we don’t even know exist until someone calls them to our attention. Have you ever heard the idea of God’s Kingdom being as the Upside-Down Kingdom?

In, what we would normally think of a kingdom, we have rulers and their governed territories. From these rulers, we then obviously get rules about how life should look and work. People then follow these rules because not only do they exist but so do the ever-present consequences of not following them.

Typical rules could cover any part of life; from normative to political. They speak of how people should treat the important and where you are in the hierarchy of importance as compared to other people in the kingdom.

These rulers often lay-out, in clear terms, what it means to be successful in their kingdom and what sorts of results are important to them. We understand this. And thus, Its an age old operation of humanity that lives on today in every facet of every culture.

The Upside-Down Kingdom flies in the face of many of these long-held presuppositions of how the world works and what we should do to achieve its desired results.

Therefore,

What Does Society Value?

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February 7, 2019 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

The Value of Continuity

I have to start by saying that I chose an odd way of phrasing this value of mine. There are conversations in philosophy, psychology, and even patient care, that all use this word with their own meanings and etymology.

When I am speaking of this value, I am trying to showcase the fact that some things ought to be taken care of in a special way. On my Personal Values page, I try to line up a few central articulations of my own personal signifcance, in the form of value statements. One of these, in my own words, is, “Continuity – If there is anything that you do that is good, pass it on to others so that they can run the torch further.”

On one level of thought, this value would be the value of persistence or preservation. But, me being who I am, I am fine with saying things in my weird way.

Continuity involves two very interconnected positions in my own summation. The first is that every person who is diligent in pursuing an effective life should be trying to do things of significance. And the second being, that if we are ourselves doing things of great importance, we should be diligent in trying to incorporate other people into the same effort.

Making a Life by Making a Difference

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February 6, 2019 • Culture, Thoughts on Personal Growth

Who I Learned From in 2018

2018 has wrapped up and it was a very good year. I got married, which is the greatest triumph for the year. Aside from that part of my life, intellectually, I also had a very good year.

It was probably the year that so many beliefs and concepts came alive and really transformed from mere knowledge to pure knowledge.

Jordan Peterson

I started the year off excited about married life and taking a break from ministry. Being as young as I am, ministry is sort of a weird world to try and be in. How much do I really have to offer?

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February 4, 2019 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Broadcasting Yourself is Destroying Your Self Progress

I have noticed something over the last couple years that I have never been able to quite put into words myself. Something that I have even done myself and seen with close friends.

It can be a heavy subject because I see these small hints that are really clues to things much bigger in our lives. Primarily, on social media, when people start to grab for attention; specifically when they talk about pain points in their life and new habits/goals/realizations they are having and striving for.

This is an elusive phenomena because it is so easily dismissed. But to be of a little help, I will try to explain. If this reveals insight to you, please think about it a bit. If not, carry on with you day. No biggie.

Multiple Motives Undermine the Nobler Ones

An Example from Myself – Laugh Away

Here’s an example of what I am talking about. Just a few years ago, I was going through some tough times (as tough as this privileged person can claim, at least). I was struggling with my personality, being an introvert and rather bookish. I hoped for progress in my relationships; romantic and friendly.

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November 1, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

A Lesson in Love from a Night out Driving

Yesterday, my wife and I took a half day trip up to Estes Park, Colorado to enjoy some fresh snowfall and a day around the quaint mountain town. We had a nice meal with family and friends and enjoyed some of the communities’ festiveness with their celebration of Halloween. We had coffee, caramel apples, chili, and a handful of candy.

My First Caramel Apple! Free in Estes Park for Halloween

After the fun times, we had to start thinking about driving down the mountain canyon back to our home an hour away.

Usually, when I am driving up or down this area I become a little annoyed with how people drive. Estes Park is a very tourist-y place so people often go up to the town without knowing much of how to drive in the mountains. This can really annoy me, because well, I struggle with a self-righteous bent from time-to-time.

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October 16, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

What is Your Concept of God?

I think that the phrase that Christianity isn’t a religion but a relationship has reached peak cliche status. To the point that it means almost nothing given the contexts the phrase is used in.

There is one fundamental area where it does shine drastic insight. This area is the nature of our relationship with God. The nature of how we relate to God.

In this video, Paul Vanderklay lines out two ideas about God. One is an idea of God as being an entity but not really a person. This god as an idea is handy in rationalizing the world in which we live. The second is the idea of God as a personal agent. This video actually discusses some philosophical areas that I don’t want to get into here. But, it explains two concepts that are often held about God and thus our relationship to the two concepts.

Watch until 10:15
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September 28, 2018 • The Whereabouts

A Completely Honest Question and How it can Add Perspective to Your Faith

I have really enjoyed the last few months. I am newly married and it seems that we are really in stride at this point. There are some things that could work a little smoother, but everything is actually awesome.

I was thinking about the relationship I have with my wife and I wondered if there were lessons that would transfer to my Devotion to God. Like, little things that I have noticed in general life that I can apply to my spiritual life. We are physical creatures (but not merely physical), so sometimes we learn best by seeing something play out in life before we really know how it works.

For me, this really struck a chord. My walking in faith has been well the last few months but I was looking for a broader perspective. I had a feeling that my scope of who God was and how I should relate to Him had been un-growing. Which is fine, but really I needed to make headway. Recapture some of that awe.

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