Self-Discipline vs. STORY

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The photo is from Bangkok at the Muay Thai World Championship in honor of the King of Thailand. Thai Nguyen and I became friends up in Chiang Mai. I saw him battle through some grueling and excruciating fights. The man knows about discipline and willpower. But in this article Thai explores the power of Story: Forget Self-Discipline and Willpower, Focus on This Instead Everyone wants to maximize their productivity and achieve their goals. Each day becomes a white-knuckle grind, and the struggle for self-discipline and willpower is exhausting. But there is …

The Puzzling Faith of Abraham Lincoln

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Excerpt from: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/1992/issue33/3311.html?start=4 “But three historical circumstances help explain the nature of Lincoln’s religion—with its unusual belief in God’s sovereign power—that came to fullest expression in the Second Inaugural Address. First, Lincoln grew up in a poor dirt-farming family in the upper South and lower Midwest without privilege, position, or much formal education. The world of his upbringing was much closer to the culture of Puritanism than the culture of narcissism. Common people were often deeply religious, believing without question in God and the unseen world. Yet they were not …

Corinthian Contextualization

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How far do we go to be relevant? C3, C6??? How about less than C-Corinth. Interesting blog on Corinths contextualization of the Lord’s supper. The following is from: Conrad Gempf, would-be writer and lecturer in New Testament at London School of Theologyhttp://notquiteart.blogspot.com/2007/08/attractional-fallacy.html Thus, it’s incorrect to think that the Traditional Church’s approach to doing church is an attractional model: that if we do things the way we’ve always done things, people will want to come in. From 1 Corinthians, we learn that the church’s liturgy is more of a duty …