Thinking Against the Grain by N. Allan Moseley

Thinking Against the Grain: Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of MythsThinking Against the Grain: Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of Myths by N. Allan Moseley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spectacular book and well needed in this day of relativism. Too many Christians do not have a biblical worldview, but instead are caught up in whatever the culture around them says and does. We need to think critically and evaluate based on what the Bible says, not just what makes us feel good or happy. This book addresses the importance of having a biblical worldview, and what that worldview looks like relating to current popular cultural topics.

I wish every Christian would read this book and listen to what it has to say. It bothers me that so many Christians do not think critically or exercise discernment. Right thinking leads to right living while wrong thinking leads to wrong living. Living according to the Bible is not popular. It will be costly. But it is what God commands us to do as disciples of Jesus.

Quotes:
“So, this book has several purposes, but two of these are primary. First, we would motivate and enable people to think biblically. What does it mean to think as a Christian, and how does that thought process differ from other common ways of thinking? Second, we would demonstrate the contours of a consistently biblical worldview. What are distinguishing benchmarks of a Christian worldview? What are some practical, or ethical, implications of thinking that is faithful to the Bible?”

“…an unprecedented level of immorality is being accepted and practiced within the church because Christians have not developed a Christian view of the moral issues of our time. They are not thinking biblically. This book is written with the prayer that all the church will yet practice biblical thinking and living, and will influence the culture to do the same.”

What does it mean to love God with our minds? It means to become more mentally equipped to live the Christian life, more committed to the propositional truth of the Word of God, and more dedicated to use our minds for the glory of God.”

“…Christians ought to be thinking and studying people…” “…we ought to know the content of the Bible and how to interpret it…we ought to be fully conversant with the substance and proscriptions of historic Christian orthodoxy….we should know what we believe and why we believe it.”

“Christians have an appalling lack of knowledge of, and commitment to, the Bible. They understand little of theology.”
“If those who identify themselves as Christians either do not know basic biblical concepts or are not committed to those concepts, it would be optimistic in the extreme to expect them to have constructed a biblical view of life and to be able to respond cogently to philosophical challenges to that worldview.”

“…theology is disappearing among the clergy.” “Greater importance is placed upon the minister as manager of a corporation, agent of growth, counselor of the codependent, and motivator of volunteers, than on theological preparation to lead people to know God and to shun false ideologies. Wells states that the point in the modern church seems to be to respond to the felt needs of people, giving them what they want, rather than to respond to the truth of the Bible, giving them what they need.”

“…many Christians live by the premise that the church and God exist to ‘meet my needs,’ and they would be shocked to find out that it is really the other way around – we exist to glorify God.”
“Within two generations we shifted from the values of self-restraint and deferred gratification to self-love and the psychology of entitlement.”

So many more good points are brought out in this book such as how morality has suffered because of the lack of biblical knowledge and living by God’s principles. Postmodernism, relativism, pluralism and naturalism are all examined and how they affect worldview. Excellent book and recommended highly.

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More Thankfulness

Day 17 – thankful for Storm and the 8 years she was a part of our lives

Day 18 – thankful for naps (Mocha likes to join me)

Day 19 – thankful for electricity

 (Mocha says hi)

Day 20 – thankful for ice cream

Day 21 – thankful for a laptop
Happy Thanksgiving!

Theology – Where Are the Women?

Through Pinterest, I found out about a blog that is hosting a read-through in 2013 of Calvin’s Institutes. You can find out the details here. Jono and I have signed up to be part of this. We already have the book(s) and it’s been on our to-be-read list anyway. It may be easier to read it with a group than trying to read through it on our own.

One thing I’ve noticed though, is that in the Facebook group that will be doing this, out of over 70 members, there are less than 10 women. Where are all the women theologians? I often feel as a woman that I am in a minority when it comes to interest in theological studies. Most of the theology blogs out there are by men. Most books for Christian women seem to be much lighter fare than discussing theological issues and doctrinal studies. Why is that? Are most women just not interested in these things? Why not?

Knowing what we believe is important. Knowing why we believe it is even more important. How can we defend what we believe if we don’t understand or know why we believe it? Doctrine and theology form the basis of our beliefs. They determine our worldview and how we behave in our world. What we believe about God will determine how we live our lives. Knowing who God is, what the Bible teaches about His character, will affect our day-to-day living. Or does the thought of God even enter our thoughts as we go about our day?

I know there are women out there for whom this matter is important. I’ve been able to connect with some of them through social media. But we seem to be a minority. Christian women, we need to make theology a priority, knowing our Bibles an important part of our lives. So, ladies, who wants to join us in a reading through Calvin’s Institutes during 2013? The readings aren’t long, about 15-20 minutes a day. Come join us! You can contact the host to sign up here.

Thankful Days

Day 10 – thankful for missions and the impact it has had on my life

Day 11 – thankful for friendships
Day 12 – thankful for family

Day 13 – thankful for coffee, especially Starbucks venti caramel macchiato

Day 14 – thankful for my Kindle Fire
Day 15 – thankful for food, particularly my favorite food, chili
Day 16 – so thankful for our house/condo

A Month of Thanks Giving

November is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. As part of this, many people use the month of November to share what they are thankful for in their lives. I am using this month to take a picture each day of something that I’m thankful for and then posting it on Facebook. Of course, there are some things for which I’m thankful that I can’t take a picture of, such as God’s love, His salvation, and His mercy in my life. But part of His love and mercy are the tangible things, such as my husband, cat, and the blessings He has given us. Here is the first week of thankful pictures:

Day 1 (November 1st), our cat Mocha

Day 2 (November 2nd), my husband Jono

Day 3 (November 3rd), our church, Lake Pointe Bible Church

Day 4 (November 4th), God and His Word, the Bible

Day 5 (November 5th), for books!

Day 6 (November 6th/Election Day), thankful for the right to vote

Day 7 (November 7), for my car 2005 Toyota Camry, still going great & all paid for!







Day 8 (November 8), for the Bible on CD that I can listen to on my commute

Day 9 (November 9), thankful for a job

Stay tuned next week for more thankfulness. I have so much to be grateful for!

Bible in 90 Days Completed

Whew! I actually did it! I finished the Bible in 90 days, actually completed in 79 days. I have always struggled when trying to read through the Bible in a year. I don’t think I have ever actually completed in a year. I have completed reading through the Bible, but it usually takes more than the allotted year. The point is to read through the Bible, not to complete it in a given amount of time.
I wanted to read the Bible in 90 days to read large chunks of Scripture at a time and to get an overview of the whole story of the Bible. But I wasn’t sure I could actually do it as I’ve always had a hard time completing the Bible in a year, let alone trying to read through it that much quicker. But I thought I would try it and if I didn’t make it, at least I had made an attempt at it. I tend to give up on things when I get stressed or discouraged, so I didn’t know if I would actually be able to stick with it and make it all the way through.

When our cat died at the end of September, I thought that might be the test that would cause me to fail in getting through the Bible in the 90 days. I had expected something to happen during the course of the reading to throw me off, though certainly not something as difficult and tragic as losing our beloved pet. But God was gracious! By that time in the reading, I was well into the habit of reading every day and in spite of my grief, I was able to continue in the habit of reading. God helped me to keep on in spite of the circumstances surrounding me.

And the reward for doing this is so worth it! This was a wonderful experience of being immersed in God’s Word and getting the big picture of what He is doing. I loved doing this! I highly recommend taking the opportunity to do this at some point in your life. I wasn’t able to do much other reading, which was hard. But it was worth giving up in order to accomplish this. It will require giving up things to make time for it. But I am so glad that I did! I am glad that God helped me to stick with it and follow through.

Translations Tracking

Translations Tracking for Operation Deepen Faith 2012

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MyMemories Digital Software

I’ve been a scrapbooker for over 10 years now. I started back in 2002 with the encouragement of my mom and sister and some friends I worked with who also scrapbooked. I had just started using a digital camera so had LOTS of photos to choose from and use in my scrapbooks. I loved the ability to use my creativity to showcase my photos in a fun way instead of just using a photo album. I liked the hands-on approach that is part of traditional scrapbooking. In recent years, digital scrapbooking has become extremely popular. Yet, I’ve always preferred to stick with traditional scrapbooking rather than switch over to digital.

Then I was offered a chance to receive and review the MyMemories scrapbooking software. I enjoy playing on the computer and trying to create, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to try out the whole aspect of digital scrapbooking.

After taking some time playing around with the software and creating some pages, I have determined that I definitely prefer to stick with traditional scrapbooking for the most part. Digital scrapbooking is not really for me. However, I did enjoy using the MyMemories software to showcase some of my photos and put together some memorial scrapbook pages of our cat Storm.
Here’s a page I did using this software:

I also started a page with our wedding story.
So, as you can see, there are different things/styles that you can do with the software. Here’s the 2nd page I made in the Storm album.
For more information about MyMemories, you can also check them out at these sites:
MyMemories has also offered an additional copy of the MyMemories software for me to give away to one of my readers. If you are interested in entering this giveaway, please visit the MyMemories website then leave me a comment with your favorite paperpack or album template. This giveaway will stay open until Saturday, November 10th at 5 pm. EST.
*I received a copy of this digital scrapbooking software for free in exchange for my review.