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#Humbled on the High Horse

#Humbled on the High Horse

For our jail bible study this past week, we decided to do Sunday’s gospel reading, which just so happened to be the Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12), the litany of blessings that Jesus bestows on the weak, the discouraged, the sad, and the lonely. I thought, in the jail of all places, that people would really be able to understand the pertinence of Jesus’ upside-down view of things. I thought, well, if anyone understands this passage…

The guys were definitely appreciative of the good news in those lines. The meek inheriting the earth? Comfort for those who weep? They said it sounded like…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Genesis Chapter Thirty Seven Verses Three through Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Genesis Chapter Thirty Seven Verses Three through Seven

This morning’s devotion comes from our own Will McDavid.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his children, because he was the son of his old age… Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Genesis 37:3-7, NRSV)

Who in the world talks like this? It’s one thing to have a dream about…

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The Wonderfully Puzzling Honesty of Early Retirement

The Wonderfully Puzzling Honesty of Early Retirement

For sports fans, retirement is a sensitive subject. Early retirement is particularly touchy though. As fans, we long to see our favorite players exercise their talent for as long as possible. Early retirement usually occurs as a result of something rather serious, like an injury or a crime–it rarely happens by way of a willful decision. The latter is far more disorienting for sports fans. I still remember when the great Detroit Lions running back, Barry Sanders retired. Even though running backs tend to have shorter careers than most other positions in the NFL, Sanders’ decision to call it quits was…

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Two Sides of the Same Golden Coin: The Confidence/Humility Balance

Two Sides of the Same Golden Coin: The Confidence/Humility Balance

Another nugget from Glennon Doyle Melton’s book, Carry on, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed. In this passage from a chapter called “The Golden Coin,” Melton explores how we can be both confident and humble, and how this seemingly difficult balance is actually quite simple.

We usually think of confidence and humility as character traits. She’s so confident. He’s so humble. But these character traits are easy to fake. Insecure people hide it by boasting. Prideful people hide behind false humility. It seems the more insecure a person is, the more likely she is to behave confidently. And vice versa. Tricky.

Then there…

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"Excuse Me, Ma'am, But That's TMI": Six Favorite Moments of 2012

“Excuse Me, Ma’am, But That’s TMI”: Six Favorite Moments of 2012

I’m not an avid enough moviegoer to give you a list of my favorite films of the year. I’m nowhere near up to speed on current music enough to talk about the best artists of 2012. The only books I’ve read are theological ones, mostly Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther, so books of 2012? I haven’t got a clue. What I can give you as a year-in-review a la LRE Larkin, is, well, me. So what follows are some of the moments this past year when I was reminded that I don’t have my act together, that I’m not in…

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"My Emails Send So Slowly From Cannes!" - Social Media and the Art of Humblebragging

“My Emails Send So Slowly From Cannes!” – Social Media and the Art of Humblebragging

The New York Times last week ran an so-real-it-hurts article on “Humblebragging“, examining how self-aggrandizing ‘modesty’ has worked its way into social media. With hilarious examples like the misfortunes of using the Internet in Cannes or complaining about how much men ‘hit on me when I’m in sweatpants’, the piece is almost a textbook on how to humblebrag yourself, ht TB:

SOMETIMES when I crave a powerful dose of humility — the kind of humility that can come only from fully apprehending the lot of those less fortunate than me — I turn my attention to the plight of the former…

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Argumentative Apes and the Wisdom of Foolishness: A Social Science Roundup

Argumentative Apes and the Wisdom of Foolishness: A Social Science Roundup

Two weeks ago, New Scientist wrote an excellent article alluding to many of the social science themes we cover. We’ll start with two thought-experiments noted in the article that illustrate human selfishness or irrationality:

1. Imagine an outbreak of disease threatening a small town of 600 people.  Given budget constraints, we can develop treatment A, which is guaranteed to save 200 people, or treatment B, which has a one-in-three chance of saving everyone and a two-in-three chance of saving no one. Which would you pick?

2. Imagine a different outbreak in a different town, with another choice between two…

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C.S. Lewis on Humility

C.S. Lewis on Humility

A great little quote from Lewis’ Mere Christianity on genuine humility. Here humility is not simply defined by self-knowledge – or an understanding of one’s sinfulness. Instead, it is defined by a spontaneous, subconscious self-forgetfulness that extends far beyond the typical categories of virtue or character-building.

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: be will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody.

Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap…

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