Ever since the cycle of violence began to spiral out of control, the majority of humans have rejected a theistic solution to human violence and have endeavored to create a system that simply did not permit conflict. Rather than seeking to reconcile with our Creator, we spend all our energy building artificial structures to regulate other people’s behavior according to our preferences. In the process of creating these structures, we have produced negative psychological and physiological effects on individuals that in turn, reduce our society’s ability to actually progress. By emphasizing following procedures over problem solving and good judgment, we’ve essentially shut down the part of our brain that performs these functions. The result is that our brains’ right hemispheres have atrophied. It’s time we stopped looking for systemic solutions to our problems and began reconnecting the two halves of our brain.
Extreme and reactionary. Not a good mix. There is a time and place for both individually, but typically not for both together. For instance, there may be a time when things are so bad that a radical course correction is needed—something relatively extreme. There may also be a time to be reactionary—to make a hasty … Continue reading Extreme and Reactionary
So we’re entering another election season, and, true to the playbook, we’re facing the usual onslaught of opportunists who are falling all over themselves to see who can promise to give away the most free stuff. We’re only $22 trillion in debt, so no big deal. This season, free college education is on the list … Continue reading The Value of Free Education
Heather Goodman over at “All Things Are Yours” has written a great post about the pitfalls of the house church movement. I’m re-blogging it here, unedited. The title is intentionally dramatic, but don’t be put off by it. The article is very balanced, something that is quite rare, in my experience. She eloquently addresses some insidious areas where those who leave the institutional church may tend to miss the mark.
Catchy title, no? I thought about various things I could call this blog post when I started writing it — things like, “The Dark Hole of House Church” and “the Dangers of Housechurch” and the “Slough of Housechurch Despondency.” I finally settled on “The Housechurch Movement ruined my life” because, there’s enough truth in that to be worth titling this post that, and, I bet it will make you curious — and rightfully so.
First, let me talk about what I mean by “the Housechurch Movement.” In recent years, regular institutional-style churches have taken to calling midweek meetings that go on in homes a whole host of names, anything from “life groups” to “cell groups” but occasionally “house church” or “home church.” At any rate, these things are generally healthy and that’s not the house church movement I am talking about.
The House Church movement is a movement about…
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Isaac lived in an arid climate. Water was life. If he couldn’t find water, his flocks would die, and his family would starve. Isaac might have resorted to violence to defend his wells. He might have started a generational feud. Or he might have at least launched a campaign of harassment against the locals to discourage them from trying to take his well. And perhaps, from a legal standpoint (or even a fairness standpoint), he would have had every right to do so.
Freedom is dangerous, but tyranny is even more dangerous. It is like comparing the danger of sailing on the open ocean to the danger of setting your own ship on fire in the harbor.
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The compulsion we feel to control the world around us is natural. It is an ingrained part of our programming. It is built into our brains because the human experience forces us to confront the chaos of the world around us, which can be quite overwhelming. But let’s consider the implications of the impulse for control turning into an obsession. Once the impulse becomes an obsession, it can easily become a pathology—a sickness that will not only lay waste to others but also consume our own soul.
Imagine that you and I live in a modestly sized community. When we first formed the community, we all agreed on a simple plan to protect the community. Every time someone did something to harm the community, we would lock them in a large enclosure and isolate them from the community. It took several months, … Continue reading A Simple Plan
We have erected artificial walls, one meticulously manufactured brick at a time; and now we find ourselves lost in a labyrinth, escape from which is impossible without divine intervention.