Apothegms and Observations XL

  1. Indeed, in many respects there is more health and sensibleness in the life of a medieval monk than in the daily pursuits of a typical American.
  2. This is a sore question: how can we possibly do any other task whatsoever than fighting to end human rights catastrophes while they exist, and indeed while they run rampant? Sex slavery, modern genocide, child starvation. How can we recover career poetry and comedy from these ashes? How can rest and peace of any kind possibly exist alongside the thought of these things? How can we live except by putting them out of our minds? How can there be any balance here? I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying: this question often troubles me profoundly.
  3. If one person restricts free speech because another abuses it, and then another abuses it because the one restricts it, then where will we end up?
  4. It can be observed that those coming from an unhealthy conservative background often make the most unhealthy liberals, and those coming from an unhealthy liberal background often make the most unhealthy conservatives.
  5. How are we to know a Christian activist? Yea, in the depths of his hard work, joy can still be found in him.
  6. Campaigns to bring awareness are a good beginning, but they are only that—a beginning. The goal of an awareness campaign is to start a campaign of action.
  7. Christianity builds us into men and women of dignity, for we are the Images of God, and the Elect members of the Eternal Church, Christ’s Body and Bride, and we are the Adopted Sons and Daughters of the One Good King, with an inheritance of Heaven.
  8. Christianity does not build us into men and women of narcissism, for we are creatures, not the Creator, and our sin is the reason that Christ had to be killed, and our purpose is to worship and serve Another, not ourselves, and our two commandments are to love God and to love others.
  9. Cave crickets are bad, cockroaches and crane flies are worse, but spiders are worst.
  10. It’s tough to say which is worse for a person: false religion or no religion.
  11. This is a question worthy of pondering: In America, is it better to be middle class and black, or lower class and white?
  12. I will state my conviction with no embarrassment: I do believe that Tolkien is one of the greatest English writers in history.
  13. I very often do not know whether I am trying to be the man my society thinks I should be, or I am trying to be the man God created me to be.
  14. What I want for you, beloved reader: humility, wisdom, peace, hope, gratitude, and love.
  15. What is life without peace?
  16. The truth is that I often think I am better than other people.
  17. Heidegger thought that the deepest authenticity is living in the knowledge that one day, we are going to die. Sproul thought that the deepest authenticity was living in the knowledge that now and forever, we are in the presence of a loving, holy, sovereign God. I think that both reached the valid conclusion from their starting premises.
  18. What is the greatest commandment? Not purity. Not self-esteem. Not peace. Not influence. Not honor. Not boldness. Not rest. Not efficiency. Not doctrine. Not justice. Not selflessness. Not mirth. Not community. Not sacrifice. Not patience. Not courage. Not steadfastness. Not vulnerability. Not joy. Not hope. Not kindness. Not health. Not self-control. Not wisdom. Not righteousness. Not humility. Not faith. Not grace. Not worship. No, it is none of these things. The greatest commandment is love.
  19. CinemaSins and TV Tropes are different approaches to the same phenomenon.
  20. Education involves understanding falsehood just as much as it involves understanding truth.
  21. All educating of children has the danger of turning into gaslighting. And the same is true of counseling.
  22. The lives of the elect are never truly tragedies.
  23. From infancy until death, we all have an instinct for the sacredness of property.
  24. Success can ruin an artist.
  25. Truly, this life is confusing. What do any of us really know?
  26. All villainous villains are wise in their own eyes. They are convinced that the heroes are fools.
  27. My heart is often villainous.
  28. If I do not pursue wisdom, can I be said to be loving?
  29. If all studying involves mundane tedium (such as memorization), then we should not be surprised that studying Scripture also involves mundane tedium.

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