Ideas change everything (part 2a)

Continuation from yesterday’s… E | There’s nothing I’ve done and that I’m proud of, that didn’t first scare me enough to seriously consider not doing it. I notice this starkly when someone congratulates me on something that may have been a lot of...

Ideas change everything (part 1)

Ideas change everything. Or, rather, the ideas we believe in change everything. The logic here is simple: what we really believe to be true, we act on. And, I know, in advance, some of these ideas will generate angry emails (because they’ve generated angry...

Spiritual Willpower

“They compelled this man [Simon of Cyrene] to carry his cross.” – Matthew 27:32 Psychologists have shown us that willpower is a fairly weak force. This is why relying on our ability to just ‘push through’ so often fails. It’s not that we don’t want the...

My definition of the gospel

I heard something interesting recently, not sure if it’s true. A ‘study’ (which could have just been a google search) found that pain can increase your ability to concentrate. The idea here is to use an acute sudden jolt, as in a pin-prick. Chronic back pain...

Why I Am (and am Not) a Christian: Two Books

Bertrand Russell was an exceptional thinker. Why I Am Not a Christian is a collection of essays about religion and morality. Some of his arguments are not too convincing. But others still give pause. Years later, John Stott wrote a thoughtful (and I think, quite...

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