Category Archives: Culture

What The Motivational Speakers Just Don’t Get

Motivational speakers can be extremely helpful. They can inspire us, get us moving when we struggle to move. But there are some things secular speakers can’t wrap their minds around which are extremely important. They can’t because they aren’t coming at what they do as a Christian, from a Christian worldview.

The first is that the power for what we do in life has to come from without, not from within. We cannot make it on our own. We don’t have sufficient power to change the world on our own. We need God. We need other people. We are insufficient to the task left to lean on our own strength.

The second is that if they do believe in an external spiritual power or force, for them it is usually impersonal. The power we receive to do what we are called to do in our spiritual vocation is from the Holy Spirit and *HE* is a person, personal.

Once we understand this and lean into the power of God rather than the power of self then we can really accomplish something.

Last, this all points us to the third vital point. Once you understand the power isn’t yours but is God’s then what you do with the power you receive from God cannot be used to leverage your personal agenda, rather it is used to leverage God’s agenda.

So many people want to be their own boss. I get it. It isn’t a bad desire. But when it comes to your purpose in life, that comes from God and is empowered by God, it doesn’t work or look like that. If the power isn’t ours, neither is the control.

That won’t sell out tickets for a motivational talk but it really does work in real life – if you define the goals as God defines the goals.

The Ever Present Problem of Confirmation Bias

We all believe what we believe and typically want what we believe to be true. Not only do we want it to be true, we believe what we already believe is true, otherwise we would believe something else. In short, we think we are right and other people are wrong, unless of course they agreeContinue Reading

Blame

There is plenty to go around but how much of it is yours to own? Blame. It is the gift we want to give but not receive…dispense freely but never hoard. Blame Blame sets you free when you hand it to someone else but feels like it imprisons you when you hold on to it.Continue Reading

One of the Most Dangerous Trends Today and 10 Tips to Counteract it

The dangerous trend is the rush to judgment without the facts. We react. We react quickly. We react repetitively. Our minds are being trained to view and respond, view and respond at such a fast rate that our accuracy is drastically diminished. How many different social media posts do you think your eyes scan inContinue Reading

The “Rolling in their Graves” Argument

Although we like to say that tradition doesn’t carry authority for us like it does in the Catholic church the truth is, in practice, many times it does. How many times have you heard an idea rebuffed because either “We’ve never done it that way” or “The people who started this church would be rollingContinue Reading

Hypersensitivity

Guarded – that’s a great word for our communication these days…at least for those who care. Those who care about others are guarded because people who care don’t want to upset people. That is a good thing but it makes having difficult conversations quite difficult. We have developed a cultural sensitization to offensive things. TheContinue Reading

Five Sources of Negative Cultural Syncretism in Christianity

Syncretism is the blending of different religions into something that isn’t really any of its original components. Some people call this a la carte religion. You pick a little of this and a little of that until you come up with something that agrees with your sensibilities. As secularism and secular-humanism is on the riseContinue Reading

What the United Airlines Debacle Has to Teach Us About the Importance of Context

We live in a world of instant and instant means that context gets kicked to the curb because exploring context takes time and that means instant is impossible to achieve. Take what happened the other day on the United Airlines flight. The first thing we saw were the videos. They came from multiple angles andContinue Reading

When The Pendulum Hits You In The Head

Pendulum swings are a necessary part of theological discourse. It is only natural that at times we find ourselves out of balance in a particular area and so we course-correct. What often happens is because we have been so out of kilter in a given direction we don’t really know how hard to push theContinue Reading

Christianity’s Enmeshment with the World, Fuzzy Identity and Our Corresponding Decline

Do you know your story? If you don’t know your story then you are susceptible to someone else giving you one. This is what makes the difference between the child who accepts the playground label that everyone else puts on them and the one who doesn’t. The person who knows who they are knows other’sContinue Reading

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