But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:07

Spirituality as Neurology and Movement

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The New York Times has a story entitled How to Hack Your Brain (for $5000). The article discusses the psychological states of “flow” and a man named Wheal who sells his technique for “hacking” the nervous system, to create a physical, psychological, spiritual state...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:44

God is God in all places

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It is a curious thing, but true that even we professors (those who profess, not teachers) Christ can more easily be frightened of the knowledge of other people rather than the knowledge of God:

Examine what affections we have to God: for it is affection that makes a Christian. Single out some few...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:58

How flight affects consciousness

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A study reported by the BBC discusses the many which in which travel by airplane can affect our consciousness and perception:

Anxiety levels can increasewith hypoxia,” explains Valerie Martindale, president of the Aerospace Medical Association at King’s College London....

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Monday, 18 September 2017 09:54

How to become humble

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Humility flows not from thinking badly about oneself (that is still pride that I am not better); rather it flows from not thinking of oneself. It is not obtained by looking to oneself, but is obtained by looking one greater.  True humility before God and worship are inextricably linked:

Poverty...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 15:04

Perception and Illusion

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In teaching my course on psychology, we learned about perception and illusion today. Here are some  illustrations we saw in class: 

Authors: memoirandremains...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 03:45

In the burning of the universe

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In the burning of the universe, we find a representation of the vanity of the present world.

What is this world which fascinates our eyes? It is a funeral pile that already begins to burn, and will be entirely consumed; it is a world which must end, and all that must end is far inferior to the...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:14

What happens in counseling

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When one person offers any sort of answer to another in person to a circumstance, there is an offer of counsel: you hear a problem, you make an answer, you are offering counsel: thus, whether you realize it or not, you are doing theology:

What sort of sense should would-be counselors make of the...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:02

The two sorts of trouble in this world

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In Pilgrim’s Progress, Apollyon stops Christian and seeks to turn him aside from the way. One argument which Apollyon presses is the sheer difficulty of seeking to follow after Christ in this world,

Consider again, when thou art in cool blood, what thou art like to meet with in the way that...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 10:04

Pride is the greatest master of misrule

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Pride is the greatest master of misrule in the world; it is the great incendiary in the soul of man, in families, in towns, in cities, in all societies, in church and state: this wind causeth tempests to arise. Prov. 13:10: “Only by pride cometh contention.” The Holy Ghost singles out...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 11:35

Is Psychology a Science?

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Caveat: this is not a fully developed thesis, just some notes for later.

First, there is the problem of the scope of “psychology”. There are things within the scope of that word which are unquestionably “science”, particularly those matters which pertain to physiology. But...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:49

The promises made to the poor in spirit

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William Perkins, collected works volume one

And to induce us unto this good duty, let us consider the gracious promises made to them that be poor in spirit. They are called “God’s poor” [Ps. 72:2]. “He thinketh on them” [Ps. 40:17]. Though “heaven be God’s...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:32

Happiness is the mark and center

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Happiness is the mark and centre which every man aims at. The next thing that is sought after Being, is being happy; and surely, the nearer the soul comes to God, who is the fountain of life and peace, the nearer it approacheth to happiness; and who so near to God as the believer, who is mystically...

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Romans 6:3–4 (ESV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk...

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I argue, therefore, that we are not evangelizing truly unless we present this truth — that in salvation we are not merely forgiven and not only justified; the doctrine of salvation includes the base truth that we were in Ada but now are in Christ, that we are taken out of the one position and...

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The previous post in this series is here

Contentment Makes us Fit for Service

In any case, the point is that Jeremiah hadn’t seen anything yet. The troubles he was having in Anatoth were nothing compared to the troubles he would later have in Jerusalem, Babylon, Egypt. Things were bad not...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 13:22

Gut Bacteria and Anxiety

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People who suffer from anxiety may take antidepressants or another medicine to treat their brain.  But a new study suggests gut bacteria actually plays a major role in anxious feelings.  A team of scientists discovered that certain gene regulators in the brain – called microRNAs...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 11:26

Transcendence starved

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Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School: 

We live in a transcendence-starved culture and in a transcendence-starved evangelicalism. . . . We’ve so dumbed down the gospel and dumbed down worship in a good effort to reach as many people as we can that there’s almost a backlash....

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:04

William Perkins on the Blessings of Suffering

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Let us then bear them, they will have an end [Ps. 37:37]; joy will follow [Ps. 126:5]; they show us our weakness [Isa. 38:10]; they move us to pray [Hos. 5:15]; they show we are in the pathway to heaven [Luke 24:26]; and [they] make us condemn this present world [Eccl. 1:2]. By them we learn to...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:03

Sin begets Sin

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Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine. All the devouring and insatiate Monsters imagined since imagination could record itself, are fused in the one realisation, Guillotine. And yet there is not in France, with...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:40

If we were at peace, we would be asleep

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Now, it is much better for things to be in a state of confusion so we will wake up, for if we were at peace, we would be asleep, we would no longer be aware of anything, anything at all. But if things go badly, we are forced to think about God and put our senses on alert and think about a judgment...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:14

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation LII

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The most recent post in this series may be found here

Upon a Rock

It is the saying of the moralists, that accidents which befall men have a double handle by which they may be apprehended. So as they be rightly taken they become less burdensome and unpleasant, and also of use and advantage to...

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Contentment Fits us for Mercy

1 What relationship does Burroughs draw from receiving mercy from God and contentment?

2 Burroughs makes multiple analogies help illustrate God’s actions. Recount them and explain how they apply.

3 When we are discontent, what must we believe about...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 08:00

Let us keep our mouths shut

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let us realise that we must not come before God to plead our case, for we are all obliged to be condemned without his conducting a long trial against us, and all the more must our sins be compounded, since we think we have many defences and excuses to offer. So, there is no other remedy except...

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4  There is beauty in contentment.

A.  What is the relationship which Burroughs implies between “beauty” and “glory?” What sort of glory is displayed in contentment — whose beauty shines in contentment?

B.  What is the point of Burroughs quoting a...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:52

Horatio Alger at Church

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The following question comes from a long article in the Journal of Pastoral Theology (3.3, 1979) by Harvie Conn. Conn discusses how a church has a “model” for ministry;  an often unarticulated self-understanding of what a church is, does, and how it functions. A great of the...

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