Self-Control: A Fruit of Self-Love

Last summer I did a study with some other believers on the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We tried to break all of those down individually and discuss them. But as always, there is still more to learn tomorrow than what you’ve gleaned today.

I recently red an article in The Atlantic about one precept: Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self.

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A Moment of Reckoning For Nationalism

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 Continue reading

Conspiracy Theories, Ethnicity, and the New Gnosticism

No matter who you are, you might be swayed these days by a new kind of Gnosticism.

Ancient Gnosticism was this whacko offshoot from Christianity that was all about secret knowing. At the base of all that Gnosticism taught was this idea that the world had a secret, underlying truth that only the knowers could know. And if you don’t know what the knowers know, you’re not participating in the divine. You’re like a non-playable character, a rube. Gnosticism had no evidence to base itself on. You just had to know. You just had to connect the invisible dots with even more invisible lines. Continue reading

Between the Sick and the Healthy

There are now over 530,000 known cases of Covid-19 in the U.S.

Speaking of numbers, there’s a not-very-well known account from the Book of Numbers having to do with a plague. In chapter 16, Moses is leading the Hebrews through the wilderness. This chap named Korah decides that he should be leading the people, so he rebels. Him and 249 other people. As a consequence, they are consumed in a fire. Continue reading