Today's article is a preview of some material from a future book I'm working on. I would love your feedback in a comment on the blog page. -- Walking in a forest can be breathtaking or it can literally take your breath away, if you know what I mean. It can be life or death. Each year hundreds, and if not thousands, of people die or go missing in our nations forests, including experienced outdoors people. The pluralistic forest of modern day society is much the same. Each year men and women succumb to the dangers of the myths of modern media and preconceived points of view that lurk in the forest around us. We get this incredible opportunity to walk in the tension of this beauty and difficulty by navigating the paths through the trees, and yet many times we fail Tree Of Life. The problem is that often times we don’t know how to walk the forest of a pluralistic society.
The Christian life is a journey of progress and growth, because stagnation breeds death. Even in the midst of rest and stillness we are never truly still. The human brain has 100 billion neurons, which make 100 trillion connections that allow you to make 40 thoughts every second. So you are never really “still” or “at rest.” During these seasons of rest and progress we can always take our walk with the Lord to the next level, and reading is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to do that. The funny thing about going to the next level with Jesus is that it’s more of a going down and getting deeper, rather than leveling up. I like to think of it like Mario going down one of those green tunnels. Blewp, blewp, blewp. There’s a whole new level down there and you’re sure to pick up a few coins, and possibly even fight a new boss. So here are 7 essential books every Christian should read to go to the next level.
In the last episode I discussed the concepts of current life expectancy rates, radical life extension, and preparing your children for the 22nd century, because current research is doing its best to try and curb death for lengthy periods of time, or even in definitely. Today I discuss an old Latin Christian theory and practice called Momento Mori, which translated means “Remember that you will die.” The show notes today contain a more detailed transcript for you.
There’s been a lot of publicity lately over the role of masculinity in our society. The latest debate started was Gillette’s recent commercial. Toxic masculinity, real masculinity, old school masculinity, good men, bad men, all labels used to describe the men that inhabit our homes, converse in our coffee shops, and sweat and strive in our society. Throughout this argument across newscasts, social media, and the World Wide Web, keyboard combatants have failed to examine the best role model. They have failed to look at male masculinity according to the Messiah.
Asystematic Theology 009 – Life Expectancy, Radical Life Extension, & Preparing For The 22nd Century
Today's episode explores current life expectancy, radical life expectancy, the longevity escape velocity, and preparing your children to live in the 22nd century.
I recently had my first daughter, and if you haven’t seen her yet you can swing by my Instagram. There are plenty of pictures of this little beauty over there. As we traversed the 9 months of pregnancy and waited for her arrival, I had an interesting thought. Jesus was really a mob boss of sorts. I mean I’m Italian, I was born right outside Chicago, and I’ve heard all the mob boss jokes. “I knows a guy, who knows a guy.” “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse,” and on, and on. My nickname in high school was Guido for crying out loud. Now, I tie these two seemingly unrelated topics together, because when it comes to children Jesus was quite possibly worse than a mob boss.
Grief, that deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death. Grief and death are never beautiful. To put it plainly, they suck. NT Wright calls grief the shadow side of love. No matter how much we know it is coming, we are never truly ready for death. We can become desensitized to nonlocal death because of the news, but when it hits close to home, in the passing of a family member or friend it leaves a hole in our spirit. It takes our breath away, and sometimes we don’t even know how to go on.
What defines a successful day for you? Don Keough, the ex-president of Coca-Cola from 1981-1993, had a specific answer to this question. How can we apply it to following Christ?
“Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.”
“I have been seized by the power of a great affection.”
“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”
“God is not seeking a display of my Christ-likeness , but a manifestation of His Christ.”