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March 24, 2019 • The Whereabouts

I am a bad writer – So, I must write

Last updated on March 28th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Kenz and I had the privilege of having some friends from out of state over. We hosted them and really enjoyed spending time in the mountains— doing quite a bit of hiking.

Christopher Morris Enjoying Rocky Mountain National Park
I lost a battle with this picture. It wont face right-side-up. I am bad at writing and pictures obviously 😉

What was so special about this trip is that we had friends to share time and conversation with. I realized, in deeper ways, that I am reluctant to say things to people and to voice my opinions and cares. It has been a slow process for me to open up about my opinions.

Being Timid isn’t so Attractive Anymore

You know the sort of firestorm that can come about when someone in a crowd is wearing a MAGA hat or when a Christian voices that they believe in creationism? The uproar, the laughter, the smugness of inevitable response. That is how I envisioned every conversation where I would stand up and say what I thought.

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March 7, 2019 • Biblical Thinking

The Uncommon Means of a Life Well-Lived | Part 2

In Part 1, we briefly mentioned what life in the Upside-Down Kingdom looked like.

In Part 2, lets learn about authority, serving, and the general character and demeanor of a Christian.

What does Authority Look Like when It’s Upside-Down?

Have you noticed how so many people are focused on ‘getting ahead’ in life?

Some people will do almost anything for a short-term change in positioning. Networking is seen more as knowing the right people than creating value in an effort to create lasting relationships. Debt is taken on so that they can look the part more than they act the part. What other shortcuts have you noticed?

Authority in our world takes on a lot of different shapes. For many, it is just looking the part and tricking others. For a lot of people, it is about exerting as much power and coercion as possible to achieve their goals and aspirations. Others just want celebrity, fame, and to be admired. Commanding attention can be everything.

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February 25, 2019 • Culture, Thoughts on Personal Growth

How to Build Friendships

Last updated on March 23rd, 2019 at 12:20 pm

A lesson in building friendships and community

Feel this for a moment. You throw a coat over your shoulders. Scramble to find your good pair of boots. Feel the coarse cotton of your go-to scarf flying around your neck. Then you open the front door to a brisk, sideways breeze. It’s 5 pm, but dark– and the chill of your frozen breath flies to your left with the snowflakes.

What causes this kind of situation? Aren’t winter nights for Netflix and soup? Don’t you have hot chocolate recipes to perfect? Or possible Christmas presents to wrap or shop for on Amazon?

Because it’s the cold part of Winter for myself and others here in Northern Colorado, I have been finding myself in this situation more than I did this time last year.

The reason? I’ve built community with friends. And we will delve into some things that I have done through discovering how to build friendships.

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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

Last updated on March 9th, 2019 at 03:04 am

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

Last updated on March 30th, 2019 at 11:04 am

I have noticed something over the last couple of 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. We tend to be over eager to broadcast ourselves.

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 to build my friendships; romantic and otherwise.

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