Category Archives: Self-deception

Sin is wrong and dumb – a form of self-abuse

Here is a deeply insightful reflection from one of my favorite authors, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. It’s a bit long but well worth reading and discussing.   “The shortest and clearest way to state the relation between sin and foolishness is … Continue reading

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People who want to feel important

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them … or they do not see it, or they … Continue reading

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Are we really seeking God?

  “We confuse two similar yet different human actions. We see people searching desperately for peace of mind, relief from guilt, meaning, and purpose to their lives, and loving acceptance. We know that ultimately these things can only be found in … Continue reading

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A connection you must make

Have you ever made the connection between Romans 12:2 and 12:3? It’s somewhat unexpected but absolutely essential to spiritual transformation. Notice the connection: v. 2 – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind (your way of thinking)” v. 3 – … Continue reading

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Answer the call with caution

Consider the balance between answering the call to live out our identity and shifting our motivation in doing it. Continue reading

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Progress or Decline?

Was the outcome of the election a sign of progress or decline? I still recall the over-the-top grieving of some of my friends when George Bush beat John Kerry in 2004.  It resembles some of the current responses to Obama’s re-election.
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The dignity and worth of human beings

Viktor Frankl endured three years of anguish in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After his rescue, he became a professor of Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Vienna. Frankl recounted his horrific experiences and some lessons to be learned in his book, … Continue reading

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