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My Prayer For You
Father, I woke with an ache and a longing. You call to me across the earthen strand, you woo me away from self debilitating thoughts, you draw me to intimacy. My spirit mingles with your Holy Spirit and I am awakened. My heart is the tinder yours is the flame, cast just one spark and ignite all of my desire, burn in me your Holy Fire. Your love is a mystery! My life is a scandalous poem! I throw caution to the winds of change. I must lift Him up! I must lift Him up! Going to church is not enough. Going to work is not enough. Being in ministry is not enough. Being married is not enough. Only Jesus Christ is enough! Pregnant with possibility I pause, to become the prayer. Amen.
— Sonya Ritter
Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher
Monks start the day at 3:20 am with Vigils, and they typically sing Psalm 95. 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For...read more
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How to Think: A Survival Guide For a World at Odds
By Alan Jacobs
New York: Currency, 2017
–Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D.
How many times have we heard someone or ourselves ask the question, “What were you thinking?” Alan Jacobs believes we would all benefit from a better understanding of what it means to think well. Teaching in the Honors College at Baylor University, Jacobs has read lots of books with radically incompatible models of what thinking is, most of them he calls depressing reads. There is a wide-ranging litany of the ways that thinking goes astray.
Jacobs notes all of the names of these paths to error: “Anchoring, availability cascades, confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect, the endowment effect, framing effects, group attrition errors, halo effects, ingroup and outgroup homogeneity biases, recency illusions… What a chronicle of ineptitude, arrogance, sheer dumbassery.” [I had to include that quote!] (12) Some of the books chronicling these errors include, Thinking, Fast and Slow, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, and Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. read more…
If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture’s language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images―not words.