Work that Grace!

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“Grace” is one of the most important words in the Christian faith. Do we use it correctly? Some of us learned the word through an acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense Or we learned the word grace in contrast to mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. But often many of us immediately pair grace with an antithesis works. All of these contribute something to understanding Christian grace, but there are challenges. What do we do with grace when we use biblical teaching to talk about biblical responsibilities to do …

American Inceptionalism

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Premise 1: I am not very politically focused. Premise 2: I post like crazy against Trumpism. Conclusion: I see more than politics at work in Trumpism. Trumpism is an example of a common problem. How we think we make decisions is often mistaken. In two short videos, we can see the problem at work. Linguistics & Confidence Tricks How does this guy make 2 of 3 successful purchases with blank paper? How does this work!?!  [Hint: Why didn’t it work with the middle guy?] Watch this amazing 1:30 clip below. Then I’ll connect …

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 …