Simplicity

Spiritual disciplines have been a great avenue of life for me over the 15 or so years, ever since I first encountered the notion in Dallas Willard’s The Spirit of the Disciplines. Someday I will write up a little something on each of the classical disciplines, but today I am so aware of the blessings of simplicity that I can’t help but say a few words about it right away.
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Hall of Fame Books

I love to read, but I don’t necessarily love books. Books take up a lot of room! So, I keep a small collection of books in hard copy, and the rest I store on my Kindle. The books I keep in physical form are either those that do not translate well to Kindle format (e.g., graphic novels) or those that are in my personal “hall of fame”.
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“More Than a Sunday Faith” Review – Chapter 2

Having established in Chapter 1 our need for a Biblical worldview, Suitt proceeds in Chapter 2 to contrast a Biblical worldview with a merely “Christian” one. At first, I did not care for this nomenclature: I am a Christ follower, so I want my life to revolve around Christ, and thus I should have a “Christian” worldview! However, as Suitt makes clear, the Christian worldview he has in mind is the one embraced by the majority of Christians he mentions earlier — the 91% who do not have an understanding of how to live the abundant life of Christ, replete with peace and joy, despite doing all the right Christian activities.
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McGuffey Readers – Review

In the great Superman vs. Batman debate, I am a Superman supporter, through and through. Batman is dark and conflicted, operating from a sense of vengeance and instilling fear and dread in his foes. He is very much a “one-of-us” hero, demonstrating our faults writ large. In contrast, Superman is not natively one of us, but he shows us what we can aspire to be. As originally conceived, he is a light to be followed and an example to be emulated. He operates from a sense of justice and fair play, instilling courage and hope in his friends. Where Batman is more descriptive of who we are, Superman shows us who we could, and should, be.
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“Letters to Malcolm” Review

I can’t write about C.S. Lewis without gushing like the fanboy that I am. Of course, like all true devotees, I believe I have good reason to hold him and his writing in such high regard. Suffice it to say that Lewis has been a seminal influence on my own thinking about who God is and what a life committed to Him looks like. His words have served as signposts along the way when I had few other traveling companions.
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“More Than a Sunday Faith” Review – Chapter 1

The first part of the book sets the stage, depicting our fallen world, under the influence of the enemy and the constant bombardment of his lies. Contrasted against this backdrop is the only road providing safe passage (and permitting us to not only survive, but enabling us to thrive!), living daily with a Biblical worldview that yields a life of love and significance.
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“More Than a Sunday Faith” Review – Introduction

A brief outline of the introduction for More Than a Sunday Faith:

  • In the author’s experience, only 9% of those who self-identify as followers of Jesus actually know how to use the Bible to think critically and process daily life situations through a Biblical worldview/scriptural lens. They know the “what” of their faith, but not the “why” or the “how to”.
  • Many “Christians” have little understanding of why they believe. It is, for many, little more than a “get out of jail free” card.
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“More Than a Sunday Faith” Review

Let me start by very quickly defining my understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus: My end goal is to be like Him, and the whole of my life is best utilized when directed toward this task. Thus, everything in life can be considered “discipleship” when understood correctly and carried out with that informed intent. This includes both work on oneself (being a disciple) and building relationships with others (making disciples). I am passionate about this topic because this is Jesus’ plan for transforming the world: Us, His disciples, at the direction and with the help of the Holy Spirit, going and making other disciples. That’s it. There is no Plan B. I have a lot to learn and plenty of growing to do, but I am most definitely clear on the mission and committed to seeing it through!
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“Rover Boys” Book Series

The Rover Boys series includes around 30 books, originally published in the first two or three decades of the 20th century. They are represented fairly heavily in the third level of our home school curriculum’s reading plan — approximately ages 8-11.

Being of a certain vintage, they contain all the prejudices and stereotypes of the era in which they were written. In this particular volume, written during the First World War, Germans and German-Americans are regarded suspiciously by the main characters, who disregard their basic civil rights without conscience. There is also a very troubling “eye for an eye” morality promoted throughout the book.
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