In part one of this series we looked at what an overarching narrative is and how they function. These big narratives help us to answer basic questions like “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” It’s not really possible to go through life without a narrative, but more often … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 2: Not What You Think
Almost all religions and philosophical systems have embedded within them an overarching narrative that provides the framework for how one answers questions like, “Who am I?” “What’s my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” The structure and shape of this narrative is essential for answering these questions. Thus, if you change the narrative, you … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 1: What’s a Narrative and Why Does It Matter?
Go to a Christian bookstore and take a look at their selection of study bibles and many if not most will tout their notes that help you to “apply the Bible to your life.” Some will even go as far as to call themselves Life Application Study Bibles, or something like this. As another example … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Apply the Bible to Your Life
Social media is clearly the devil. There’s been a lot of research on how the more time we spend on social media, the more depressed and anxious we become. And this isn’t too surprising if you think about it. People only present the best versions of themselves on social media. They tend to post stuff … Continue reading 4 Ways to Prevent Your Social Media from Making You Even More Awful
You can’t receive forgiveness without giving forgiveness. At least that’s what Jesus seems to teach in the parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18) and the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” For Jesus it seems that receiving forgiveness and giving forgiveness are like two sides of … Continue reading Forgiven to Forgive Others
A lot of people today think that science has answered most all of our questions and religious answers don’t need to be taken seriously. And this is kind of unavoidable. We live in an age of science. We live in an age of reason and evidence. It’s sometimes hard to see the place of faith. … Continue reading Faith and Evidence
One of the easiest ways that I think we can go against the relaxation/entertainment obsession of our culture is by reading. In an age of smart phones and social media, we don’t read books as much as we used to. Many people find it hard to sit down and focus and read a book. Even … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran’s Summer Reading List