Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Boosting Concentration With Essential Oils

This Friday I will be helping to host a live Facebook event giving information about how to use essential oils to boost concentration and increase cognitive acuity. We're going to have some intriguing brain teasers and mental puzzles. Everyone is invited! To join, click on the link below:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Regulative Principle taken to an extreme

I came across an interesting sermon today that was preached by Lemuel Hedge in Warwick in 1772 . It is recounted by Hood in his book History of Music in New England and shows just how far people would go to try to apply the Regulative Principle.
"As to matters of God's worship, we have nothing to direct us therein but his Word... The Word of God is the only rule of conscience; and no man can say that he cant in conscience, comply with any proposed practice, unless he can see something in the Scriptures that forbids it. He may plead that his humour forbids it, but he cant plead conscience, unless he finds something in the Bible, that directs him in the case. Now the Bible nowhere tells us, that the psalm shall be read line by line when we sing; nor is anything there said, that implies any such thing.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On Changing the World

"Thomas Chalmers teaches us the importance of having bold and outrageous vision. He once remarked, “Regardless of how large, your vision is too small.” Chalmers lived by these words, always seeking ways to expand his vision. His vision was so large that it went beyond the confines of his own country and was international in its scope. He was concerned, not just with Scotland, but with Christendom. But although Chalmers’ vision for God’s kingdom was a vision for the whole world, it always started with the needs that lay closest to home. Unlike Rousseau, who neglected the needs of those closest to him in order to save the world, Chalmers’ love for mankind always manifested itself in his love for the person next door. The key to changing the world was to change the neighborhood." Saints and Scoundrels, page 206


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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Social Media and Personal Autonomy

"A deep sense of radical autonomy has been intensified by the potent conjunction of consumerism with new communication media. By harnessing the impulse of radical autonomy, our digital media makes it possible for us to choose our own virtual communities instead of being attentive to the needs of those around us. As our social nourishment is increasingly dislocated from the real world of time and space, our social spaces come to be something we can approach and control as consumers. Moreover, as social interaction is increasingly being folded into digital technology, our relationships become an assemblage of online interactions disconnected from the larger context of people’s lives and shared experiences. Family relationships have been the primary casualty of these shifts. The 24/7 freneticism of non-stop stimulation via social media means that we have very little incentive to cultivate the dispositions necessary for attentive interaction with those closest to us, including those within our own families."

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