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Critical Analysis

By: on February 8, 2014

Mark Noll’s book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and a sequel titled Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind traces the decline of intellectualism in the Evangelical world of the United States and how a deep commitment to Jesus Christ must drive the Church to embrace intellectual exercises rather than withdrawa from it.…

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The Ten Percent Rule

By: on February 8, 2014

It was a cold raining night in the ER.  I had just worked two back to back shifts at the trauma center and was entering into a third.  On top of an exhaustive day, it was full moon.  Now before you say anything, nights at the hospital in which the moon was also full, were…

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Mind Your Mind Because Your Mind will Mind You!

By: on February 6, 2014

Mind Your Mind Because Your Mind will Mind You! (care for) (obey) When did Evangelicals stop using their minds? How does one approach the aspects of Jesus Christ using an intellectual approach? These are two of the main questions Mark Noll asks in his books Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and Jesus Christ and the…

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catechism – a way to teach and to learn

By: on February 6, 2014

Since last summer I have the chance to teach a church planting course called “Fresh-X Der Kurs”, which is a training course to coach and support ordained and lay leaders when founding communities and planting churches. The course concepts follows the model of the so-called Mission Shaped Ministry courses, designed by the Fresh-Expressions movement of…

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Chelsie Meets the Bible

By: on February 6, 2014

Chelsie came to our church about two years ago. She came only to accompany her husband who had recently rededicated his life to Christ. She knew nothing of the Bible, had a few encounters with Christianity which she did not understand and was very cautious about people who call themselves Christians. She has a bright…

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Embrace the Questions

By: on February 6, 2014

In the opening pages of Mark Noll’s, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, he writes, “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind” (3). Noll traces what happened to the evangelical mind through Luther to Calvin, to the Puritans, to C.S. Lewis and through the fundamentalist movement. …

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A Tale of Two…Publishers…Pastors

By: on February 6, 2014

Those of us who live in Grand Rapids are fortunate.  Many of the major religious publishing houses are located here.  My daughter Lindsey, a journalism major, has been applying to the various publishers.  The feeling she received from Zondervan Books was that they exist to sell.  Money is the bottom line, so they prefer light…

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The Sky is Falling – Again!

By: on February 6, 2014

Christians love to think that the sky is falling or that the end is near.  Every generation has their own doomsday calculations from the Bible about the end of times.  This has become a favorite pastime and illustrates what Mark Noll says in Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind – “evangelicals treat the…

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Faith: An Excuse to Not Think?

By: on February 5, 2014

Just last night, February 4, Ken Ham (the creationist guy) and Bill Nye (the science guy), faced off in a debate at the creation museum in Hebron, Kentucky that was streamed over the internet.  The debate question was, “Is the creationist view of origins a viable view?”  My guess is that the debate did not…

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His Name Was Ian

By: on February 1, 2014

I was 21, wet behind the ears and serving in my first youth ministry.  Not long into my tenure I met a young man by the name of Ian.  Ian had just turned 16 and was moving from the Jr. High into the Senior High ministry.  Now, for years I had heard stories about Ian,…

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Wisdom and Harmony

By: on February 1, 2014

The Social Animal: Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement by David Brooks according to the author himself, “is an attempt to integrate science and psychology with sociology, politics, cultural commentary, and the literature of success”.  Whether he succeeded in this attempt, it is hard to tell; but he certainly has tried hard and the…

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Finishing Well: The Immortals and the Meaning of Life

By: on January 31, 2014

I have often been haunted by the idea how to die well. My career is providing housing and services to older adults. I have many senior friends who have finished their careers, who are retired and who continue to pursue their life passions as best as they can. I see them in many stages of…

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Integrating Morality

By: on January 31, 2014

David Brooks socio-psychological study, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, while full of holes and inconsistencies overlaying a political agenda, does very much get to the heart of how human’s develop, grow, and flourish.  His central thesis is that our emotional subconscious is very much a key leader in how…

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Social Church

By: on January 30, 2014

Imagine this; an irate parent comes to church complaining about his untrustworthy son to a staff member. The parent cannot control the son’s behavior. The youth director feels that this young man is making people feel uncomfortable by inappropriate words and actions. His social interactions have become unacceptable. He is not welcome back to youth…

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Grand Central Station

By: on January 30, 2014

“Who are we? We are like spiritual Grand Central stations.” (David Brooks, The Social Animal, Kindle Electronic Edition: Location 167) In his book “Social Animal: The hidden sources if love, character, and achievement“, New York times political columnist David Brooks dedicates himself to the question what drives individual behavior and decision making?What is life about? …

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Living Life on IFR

By: on January 30, 2014

It was an uneventful flight over the Atlantic into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, at least until the landing.  I fly a fair amount and have experienced both take offs and landings in inclement weather.  This particular early morning in the late fall was foggy, very foggy.  I usually choose a window seat so that I am…

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It’s Time for my Mind to Drift

By: on January 30, 2014

I normally use a life experience or story to illustrate the meanings and take-a-ways from a theoretical book.  But in the case The Social Animal by David Brooks, the book is the story and I have to come away with the theoretical meanings and take-a-ways.  Insights and tidbits of stimulating information flowed from every page…

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Protecting the Unconsciousness

By: on January 30, 2014

The Truman Show stars Jim Carry as an insurance salesman whose life since birth is actually an elaborate TV show watched by millions. NY Times writer David Brooks might have had this movie in mind when he wrote Social Animals. He takes the latest developments in psychology, human development, anthropology and neuroscience and weaves them…

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