Category Archives: James

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 in a day? It could be dozens, hundreds or even thousands.

What makes you think you have impeccable understanding of each and everyone? What makes you think that you understand even one tenth of them well enough to render absolute judgments on them over and over again…all in one day or even an hour online?

Slow down.

Don’t rush to judgment.

Seek out the facts.

Know you are being played for ratings, clicks, views, minutes watched. The algorithms that influence monetization drive the approach the content developers use. You are better than falling right into that.

Here are a few tips to help you judge and react less and listen more:

  1. React to fewer things than you view, far fewer.
  2. Reduce the number of things you view.
  3. Increase the amount of time between exposure of a news story and you stating your opinion or judgment about it.
  4. If it gets your blood pressure up instantly, you better pay extra close attention to what is going on. You are probably being played for revenue.
  5. Listen to other points of view to tease out the biases
  6. Be aware of confirmation bias – we rush most quickly to believe things we are conditioned to want to believe are true.
  7. Identify your own biases so you can be aware of how those filters affect your opinions and compromise your objectivity.
  8. Take every thought captive to Christ – 2 Cor 10:5
  9. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” – James 1:19
  10. Don’t overestimate your own abilities. This means don’t assume your ability to judge things is superior to everyone else’s. You are susceptible to all the same failings and misunderstandings as everyone else.

It is the wild west out there. Don’t be a lone ranger. Don’t be an outlaw. Be a respectable citizen of the internet community who isn’t raising a stink around every corner but is working to make the town a place people want to live.

Opposition: Satan vs God

When we talk about facing spiritual opposition in life the “go to” person to blame is typically Satan. His name, after all,  does mean an opponent or one who opposes so it makes sense that he is going to stand in our way from time to time. One reason he may be our “go to”Continue Reading

James 1: Which Kind of Person Will You Be?

James starts his letter characterizing two types of people (click here to read James 1). The guy experiences trouble and out of that experience develops a mature faith. The second guy James describes doubts God. He is foolish and his life ends up being blown around like the waves, going here and there but neverContinue Reading

Summaries of the New Testament Books

To follow up on this post summarizing the books of the Old Testament, here is the list for the New Testament. Here is this list in pdf. These are just quick helps to help people get a feel for these books and see how they connect with each other. Bible Study Helps – New TestamentContinue Reading

Books of the Bible and Application to 20 Somethings

In teaching 20s & 30s on a regular basis I am finding the need to be relevant more and more important. It is not that relevance didn’t used to be important. It just seems theology disconnected from real life application tends to fall on deaf ears a lot quicker in young adults than in myContinue Reading

“Falling into Sin” – A Phrase We Need to Drop

I hear it all the time. It sounds so passive. I did it again…I fell into sin. It’s like a “woops” or an “uh oh.” I was walking along just doing the best I could and the next thing I knew I was flat on my back looking up at the sky…I slipped. I fellContinue Reading

James Study Guide in pdf

For any who are interested or who would like some Bible material to work through on a daily basis here is a quick and easy study on James. It is one page per day for 15 days to make for a quick and easy study that gets at the heart of what James is talkingContinue Reading

A Bible Study Most People Can Stick With

We talk a lot about studying the Bible but how frequently do we give people accessible options to make it a habit? There are 80 posts on this blog that deal with studying the Bible in some way, shape or form. We have classes on all the proper “how to’s”…how to read a psalm orContinue Reading

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