Why I’m Not a Stoic

Of all the various philosophies to choose from, Stoicism is particularly fascinating to me (as I've noted previously). Far from the stereotype of seeking to remain emotionless through life, Stoics seeks to live each day as if they might not have another, to master their primal appetites and desires, and to face with resolve and …

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Bonhoeffer on Stupidity

The following quotation (from Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison) is a section of a Christmas letter that he sent to his fellow co-conspirators, called After Ten Years, in which "he reflected on the years since Hitler came to power and the resistance into which he had been so ineluctably drawn" (xii). As with every quotations, I …

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Thomas Watson on the Danger of Pleasure

The following is the seventh of Watson's nine points on how not to miss God's kingdom. It comes from his treatment of the second petition of the Lord's Prayer, thy kingdom come. At nearly 100 pages, the entire chapter reads like a lengthy booklet, but I easily count it as one of the most impactful texts …

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Calvin on Avoiding Ungodliness and Worldly Desires

While reading through Banner of Truth's beautiful gift edition of Calvin's A Guide to Christian Living, which is itself a short section from his Institutes, I read this powerful section and thought it quite worth sharing. But really, buy and read the whole thing. Ligonier also published a translation called A Little Book on the Christian Life. Elsewhere …

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Thomas Watson on Loving God

Reading Watson's The Godly Man's Picture has been a powerful and painful read. The bulk of the book is spent describing the various characteristics of being godly. One such characteristic is that the godly man is "fired with love to God." In the quotation below, Watson presses this trait home, forcing us to consider whether we truly …

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N. D. Wilson on the Difficulty of Life

I'm reading through Death by Living by N. D. Wilson for the second time. It's a powerful book that everyone should read. While it's difficult to share any passage as my favorite since Wilson weaves the parts together into a greater whole, the section below never fails to bring a tear to my eyes. May …

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The Wonder of Reading

While reading through Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death again as I teach on media literacy, I was struck by his description of what is required of an individual in order to read a book. The entire book is worth reading, as it compares a print-based culture to a television-centered one, but the following selection, …

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