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News, context, and anxiety

Most people know the feeling of being anxious. A big event is in the future, you don’t really know what is going to happen, and you feel a stress crawling up into the edges of all your thoughts. At its worst, the anxiety paralyzes you and you search for something to distract you from thinkingContinue reading “News, context, and anxiety”

By Balloon or by Car

“And the weakness of All Utopias is this, that they take the greatest difficulty of man and assume it to be overcome, and then give an elaborate account of the overcoming of the smaller ones. They first assume that no man will want more than his share, and then are very ingenious in explaining whetherContinue reading “By Balloon or by Car”

My Favorite Books of 2020

The end of the year is a good time reflecting on what has shaped you, and few things have shaped me as profoundly as books. Here is a list of my top ten favorite books that I read (or listened to) in 2020. 1. The Abolition of Man – C.S. LewisIt is only someone likeContinue reading “My Favorite Books of 2020”

Defrost your heart

I have a love/hate relationship with large cuts of meat. I don’t like to keep raw meat in my fridge, because I always feel I’m on a timer before it goes bad. But, since I keep my fridge really (probably too) cold, It may take two or three days to thaw meat that I’ve pulledContinue reading “Defrost your heart”

Why fundamentalists do well in missional churches

I’ve noticed that people with fundamentalist backgrounds tend to do well in missional churches.  Now I know “fundamentalist” is a broad term and “missional” is a broad term, but I need to say something, right? Fundamentalism Fundamentalism was a movement that grew in part as a reaction to theological liberalism. Fundamentalists were a group ofContinue reading “Why fundamentalists do well in missional churches”

Create Dissonance

A few things stuck with me from the general education classes I took in college. One of these was the idea of “cognitive dissonance.” In psychology, this is the idea of having two  inconsistent thoughts, neither of which you want to give up. Having these contradictory ideas in your head at the same time causesContinue reading “Create Dissonance”

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