Anger and Ego
Jan23

Anger and Ego

Written: 1/21/09 Published: 1/23/09 Bibliography: The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard, “Anger and the Wounded Ego” “Anger indulged, instead of simply waved off, always has in it an element of self-righteousness and vanity. Find a person who has embraced anger, and you find a person with a wounded ego.” In this deep section of a profoundly deep book, Dallas begins to lay bare the layers of depth behind our...

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Is that all you got Jesus?

Written: 12/2/97 Published: 12/31/08 Bibliography: Luke 11, Raising of Lazarus from the dead   I am deeply moved by the compassion and grief Jesus showed at Lazarus’ death. Those present at the time of Lazarus’ death snidely said of Jesus, ‘If he [Jesus] can open the eyes of the blind, couldn’t the have prevented Lazarus’ death?’ The irony is unreal. They believed Jesus could heal the blind, but...

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Nearness vs. Approach
Dec09

Nearness vs. Approach

Written: 9/18/99 Published: 12/8/08 Bibliography: Lewis, C.S. The Four Loves. We must distinguish two things which might both be called ‘nearness to God’. One is ‘likeness to God’. God has impressed some sort of likeness to Himself, I suppose, in all he has made. Secondly, there is what we may call ‘nearness of approach’. We see that these two do not necessarily coincide. Perhaps an analogy may...

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OT Prophecy: God rages in words

Written: 11/29/08 Published: 11/29/08 Bibliography: Heschel, Abraham J. The Prophets. p. 5. 1962, New York, NY.   The niggardliness of our moral comprehensions, the incapacity to sense the depth of misery caused by our own failures, is a fact which no subterfuge can elude. Our eyes are witness to the callousness and cruelty of man, but our heart tries to obliterate the memories, to calm the nerves, and to silence our conscience. The...

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Man under authority

Written:     1/7/99Published:     11/18/08Bibliography:     1 Samuel 26:10-11   “As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.” I am struck by the utter humility in David’s words here as he sneaks up on Saul in a cave but refuses to kill him or to...

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On daydreaming and loss of focus

Written:     2/1/98Published:     11/16/08Bibliography:     The Fight: A Practical Handbook for Christian Living, by John White   White describes a useful exercise for dealing with daydreaming/loss of focus during meditation and prayer, and learning to remain ‘with’ God throughout the day: As I daydream, I catch myself, and realize I have not been aware of God for a couple of hours. Or I lose concentration in prayer or...

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Prayer of Examen

I have recently begun to intentionally experiment with including Jesus in my day-to-day activities.  A tool I am finding helpful is Ignatius’ ‘Prayer of Examen’, which is proving so far to be a useful template for prayer at the end of a day to help me review, recap, and submit the entirety of my day to the Lord. I am grateful to Mars Hill Bible Church (http://www.marshill.org/pdf/hc/practices/prayerOfExamen.pdf) for...

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Words have power

Bill Hybels’ book on leadership, Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs, is one of the best books on leadership I have read. The book is deep. Some thoughts on why the way in which a leader (or manager) articulates an idea is as important as the idea itself, from the chapter “Language Matters”: The truth is, leaders rise and fall by the language they use. Sometimes whole visions live or die on the basis of the words the...

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Darwin’s Black Box

I am re-reading Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe. It provides the best critique of Darwinism (e.g. macro-evolutionary theory, or the theory that the origins of all life are through random, unguided natural selection) that I have read to date. In the ten years since this book was first published, I have yet to read a rigorous critique of this book by a scientist. In it, Behe provides compelling scientific argument that the...

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Prayer and value for money

My TiE group is reading Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. We were moved by this section from chapter three yesterday morning, on spirit: “Spirit is a form of energy, for it does work, and whatever does work has power. In the biblical view, it is, of course, the ultimate form of power on which all other forms rest. To understand spirit as ‘substance’ is of the utmost importance in our current world, which...

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