A Morning Peacock of Links (7/10)

The Absent Minded Husband

One wife’s reflections and thoughts on living with an absent-minded husband.

12 Lessons of Fatherhood

Thom Rainer:

Fatherhood has been an educational journey that no school could provide. I have learned so much. And even to this day, I listen to my sons. They may think that I am offering them words of wisdom, but I am learning from them as well.

A Brief A-Z of Theological Jargon

I chuckled. A few snippets:

A cooler word for evangelistic.

Someone who makes a virtue out of arguing in circles.

1. See Calvinist.
2. Pertaining to the view that the church got it wrong once, and is very unlikely to do so again.

Someone who claims to talk about God, tries to talk about what the Bible says about God, usually ends up talking about what other people have said about what the Bible says about God, and still seems to have time to write facetious blog posts like this one.

Faith versus(?) Reason

Two articles (the second is a response to the first one) discussing the “dichotomy” between faith and reason in apologetics, and what this may or may not reveal about Christian apologists. For me, Kim raises a concern that I tend to echo, namely, whether we are glorifying our intellects or trusting in the revelations of scripture. Nevertheless, as Penner notes in her response, I think setting up a dichotomy between faith and reason is going beyond what is the case. I think there is a temptation to ignore one or the other, but to say there is a dichotomy is an overstatement in my opinion. In any case, at the end of the day, while reason can complement faith, it can never replace faith. I think A.W. Tozer put it best when he wrote, “Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe”:

1. Christianity’s New ‘F’ Word

(Via Relevant Magazine) Sungyak Kim discusses the seemingly fine line between faith and reason that Christians walk when engaging in apologetics:

But “faith,” unfortunately, is becoming Christianity’s new F-word. More and more, apologists are succumbing to cultural norms. They trade “the mystery that has been hidden” (1 Corinthians 2:7) with “human traditions and the elemental spiritual forces of this world” (Colossians 2:8).

Yet if our apologetics is driven not by our love for God, in whom we place our faith, but by our fear of labels, then our apologetics is just idolatry, making our defense of Christianity an idol to man. We must replace this worship of man with a proper worship of Christ (remember, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”) Only then will we have the proper mindset to defend the faith for the glory of God, not man.

2. We’re Not Uncomfortable with Faith

(Via STR’s blog) Melinda Penner responds to Kim’s article, sheds some light on the presuppositionalism/evidentialism debate, and states faith and reason are not diametrically opposed:

Using reason is hardly adopting the world’s methodology.  Both presuppositionalists and evidentialists recognize that reason is found in God’s nature; He’s a rational being who has made us rational beings in His image.  God encourages us to reason.  Jesus gave reasons to believe His claims.  The Apostles used arguments to appeal to people to place their faith in Jesus.  Faith and reason are partners, completely compatible. And Biblical.

Presuppostionalists and evidentialists may disagree on the time to use of arguments and reason in apologetics, but not that they are compatible with faith.  Faith isn’t an “F-word” as Kim says.  We exercise faith – active trust in the truth of Christianity – when we defend Christianity with reasons and arguments because we’ve placed our lives in the truth of what God has promised and we appeal to others to do the same. Arguments and rational assent isn’t sufficient for salavation.  No one believes that.  The entire goal of giving evidence is to move people to exercise faith through the work of the Holy Spirit.  Hardly being uncomfrotable with faith, that is the entire goal of apologetics.

Vonnegut’s Rules for the Short Story

My favorite rule. Applies just as much to what we do and say in everyday life:

4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

The Satisfaction of Hard Work

Andrew Ference (Boston Bruins):

In life we don’t always get a second chance to change a failure into a success and get redemption but I don’t think life is all about the good experiences, it is about the powerful ones, the kind that are only experienced through a build up and a commitment to attempting something difficult. Whether it is trying a 2000 piece puzzle, getting married or raising a child, committing to trying to succeed at something hard will yield a powerful emotion, most of the time a good one.

Law Firms Need to Take Care of Their Talent

Not that I’m in any position to critique this industry right now, but I found this interesting:

Lawyers today will tell you that a law firm should be “run like a business.” But what does this really mean for the profession? And for its clients?

A business dependent on the intellect of its workforce ought to invest heavily in talent management and leadership development. This includes understanding employee needs and putting in place policies and operating principles that maximize engagement.

As a former law firm equity partner whose current work brings me in contact with lawyers around the world, I see people from firms of all sizes, including the most elite, struggling with this new imperative. Law firms are trying to become more “business-like” but fail to adopt many of the basic talent management principles upon which excellent institutions are built.

Epilogue: The Future of Print

This documentary is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. I consider this a work in progress. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and questions whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. The act of reading a “tangible tome” has evolved, devolved, and changed many times over, especially in recent years. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper as well as those who are not.


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