Category Archives: Good Thinking

Nothing is Absolute. Really?

thinkingWhenever I hear someone say “Nothing is absolute”, I immediately put on my serious, sober-minded, thinking face as I respond, “Are you absolutely sure?” It is a silly way to respond to a serious question, but it does illustrate a big problem. To state nothing is absolute is to make an absolute statement. “Nothing is absolute” is a self-defeating statement. It says too much. It is sort of like telling someone you don’t know how to speak English. In English.

But I get why it makes sense to a lot of people.

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Pivotal Truths for Young People: Losing

truthWhen is the last time you heard something that really changed you? As a young person I encountered multiple truths over the past 20 years that have truly changed my life. Most of these truths were given to me by men far greater than I am, and I want to pass them along to young people who may not have the opportunity to hear them.

These truths are pivotal in that they can help you swing from one manner of thinking and acting to another, and each of these represent a major shift in the way I approached my life at the time I received them. I am going to do a series of blog posts over the next few weeks explaining these truths in hopes that other young people will be changed by them as I was changed.

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The Creation Debate

CreationIn the aftermath of the creation debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham I wanted to offer up some of my old writings about creation and evolution. These were originally posted at The Veritas Network, a blog now populated by my friend, Greg Gibson, and worthy of your following here. I have reposted them here on my blog, so you can brush up on your understanding of creation versus evolution.

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Pivotal Truths for Young People: Read, Travel, and Connect

truthWhen is the last time you heard something that really changed you? As a young person I encountered multiple truths over the past 20 years that have truly changed my life. Most of these truths were given to me by men far greater than I am, and I want to pass them along to young people who may not have the opportunity to hear them.

These truths are pivotal in that they can help you swing from one manner of thinking and acting to another, and each of these represent a major shift in the way I approached my life at the time I received them. I am going to do a series of blog posts over the next few weeks explaining these truths in hopes that other young people will be changed by them as I was changed.

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Humility – G.K.Chesterton

My last post was about the value of conviction in preaching. That made me think about the value of conviction in everyday life, and reminded me of a quote by G.K. Chesterton. What he saw as a shifting mindset has become the dominant mindset today, one hundred years later. Our humility has been displaced.

What we suffer from today is a humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert — himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt — the Divine Reason. Huxley preached a humility content to learn from Nature. But the new sceptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. Thus we should be wrong if we had said hastily that there is no humility typical of our time. The truth is that there is a humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it is practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic. The old humility was a spur that kept a man from stopping; not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether.

– Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

I pray that you would grow to be humble in your personal pursuits and unyeilding in your conviction.

The Quack Heard Round the World

philPhil Robertson has been indefinitely suspended from a show centered on his family and his life’s work. Millions fume with anger and frustration – some because he suffers for orthodox Christianity and others because he believes orthodox Christianity. I imagine the only person not bothered by this is probably the centerpiece of this whole ordeal – Phil Robertson.

I want to give you three points about how you should respond to this as you both talk with friends and post virulent rants on Facebook. Then I want to give you two points about the broader issue of living as a Christian in our culture.

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Good Thinking 2/22/13

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  1. 10 Sure Signs We Have Lost Our Minds – Trevin Wax highlights some trendy logical absurdities in western culture.
  2. Why the Afterlife Bores Us – Russell Moore provides some quick insight into why many Christians secretly dread heaven.
  3. On Tim Tebow’s cancellation at an “anti-gay” and “anti-Semitic” (read conservative) church in Dallas:
  • Denny Burk provides a good perspective on the state of the culture in his post Why is Tebow’s Cancelation Significant?
  • Carl Trueman helps calm the storm and give regular Joes like you and me some practical application in his post Keep Calm and Carry On.
  • I think Rick Warren captures the situation best when he tweeted: 

https://twitter.com/RickWarren/status/304727493288534016

4. Greg Gibson points out an incredible new rule being put into place in Massachusetts schools: “transgender” boys are allowed to use the girls bathroom and locker room.

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