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Sincere

1 Peter 1:22-25

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Bludgeon

Bludgeon is a ferocious warrior, skilled in the ancient Cybertronian martial art of Metallikato. He and his blade can cut through the battlefield as if everyone else is operating at a minimal speed setting. Bludgeon’s feats in battle seem nearly supernatural, which is probably the effect he’s going for, if he doesn’t believe his own hype. Utterly vicious and aloof, Bludgeon is also highly religious, adhering to an arcane code of honor. Though his beliefs fuel his single-minded bloodthirstiness with dogmatic precision, they also cause him to be rather superstitious.

Bludgeon’s confidence, skill, and grand words have often catapulted him to the upper ranks of the Decepticons. Who wouldn’t fall in line behind him? He’s charismatic! The Mayhem Attack Squad is his usual host of cronies, but he’s also been known to fill in as Decepticon leader if a power vacuum presents itself.

Bludgeon is (obviously) a Pretender who has adopted a shell which takes the appearance of a skeletal samurai. His signature weapon is an energo-sword, though he also carries a shield and a high-voltage electric cannon. In accordance with his martial arts motif, generators in his shell’s legs can create disorienting clouds of smoke, and he can generate electric fireballs from the torso of either his body or his shell.[1] It is unknown whether Bludgeon is any less agile or capable in his blocky robot mode, but it wouldn’t be surprising.

Sometimes Bludgeon combines with some of the members of the Mayhem Attack Squad to form Thunder Mayhem.

Prattling fool! Your warrior heart is tainted by an idiot’s tongue! Perhaps I shall remove both for you!Bludgeon takes on Jazz, The Primal Scream

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

As soon as I saw today’s daily prompt topic, I thought of this song:  By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

 

By the light of the silvery moon
I want to spoon
To my honey, I’ll croon love’s tune
Honey moon, keep a-shinin’ in June
Your silvery beams will bring love’s dreams
We’ll be cuddlin’ soon
By the silvery moon

Place, park, scene, dark
Silvery moon is shining through the trees
Cast, two, me, you
Summer kisses floating on the breeze
Act one, be done
Dialog, where would ya like to spoon?
My cue, with you
Underneath the silvery moon

By the light of the silvery moon
I wanna spoon
To my honey, I’ll croon love’s tune
Honey moon, keep a-shinin’ in June
Your silvery beams will bring love’s dreams
We’ll be cuddlin’ soon
By the silvery moon

Act two, Scene new
Roses blooming all around the place
Cast three, You me
Preacher with a solemn-looking face
Choir sings, bell rings
Preacher, you are wed forever more
Act two, all though
Every night the same encore

By the light, not the dark but the light
Of the silvery moon, not the sun but the moon
I wanna spoon, not croon, but spoon
To my honey, I’ll croon love’s tune
Honeymoon, honeymoon, honeymoon
Keep a-shinin’ in June
Your silvery beams will bring love’s dreams
We’ll be cuddlin’ soon
By the silvery moon
The silvery moon

Carry On My Wayward Son

Carry On My Wayward Son

Lyrics:

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high

Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming,
I can hear them say


chasing places

We carry…..

Wat hebben de Kruidtuin en witlof met elkaar te maken?

You’re Gonna’ Carry that Weight Forever

Carry yourself Home

Lighten Your Burdens

The Things I Carry*

The Time Tonight!

 

Nightmare on Elm Street

I’ve lived on a lot of streets.  Elm Street has never been featured in my address.  I’ve had a lot of nightmares.  Elm Street has never featured in my dreams.  I’ve never had a nightmare on elm street.

Recurring Dreams

Dreams have been recurring.  They usually feature my dad.  A man I have not seen in the flesh for nearly 10 years.  That’s a long time.  And I wonder.  And I wonder whether these images that haunt my subconscious have any bearing in present-day appearances.

No Nightmare on Elm Street

Doing my research, I find that as far as having lived in Invercargill it would be impossible to have a literal nightmare on Elm Street.  You see, one of the reasons I have never lived on Elm Street in Invercargill is because there is no Elm Street in Invercargill.  There is an Elm Crescent, but no Elm Street.  So perhaps rather than Nightmare on Elm Street, I ought to have renamed this as Nightmare on Elm Crescent.

Even then, I’ve still never had a nightmare on Elm Crescent, so it would perhaps make this post altogether redundant.

Part of the school bus route was an Elm Street.  It was used as a turning bay really.  That’s about as close as I get.

A Mistaken Journey

I’ve written a lot about my journey.  I guess guests to my blog will have read some of the stories I have to tell.  Some aspects of my journey testify to the power of cowardice in my life.  Others stories speak about desert experiences.   Other still refer to that new Jerusalem that we now see as through a glass.

A Mistaken Journey

A Mistaken Journey

My job at the time was in Wellington’s CBD.  My home at the time wasn’t.  Rather, it was in Porirua, which I guess would be considered a suburb of the greater Wellington area.  This being the case, I would take the train to and from work.

The train station served as a portal between the worlds of work and home.  This particular train station had multiple platforms servicing multiple lines.

It was early in my “taking the train to and from work” experience when I found myself on a train going in a direction that wasn’t the one I had intended on.  The stations didn’t look familiar.  Was it my relative inexperience?  Or was as it because I had not committed to memory the station names and their order?

About 10 minutes in came the realisation that this was the wrong train – or the wrong train line at least.  What was I to do?  I did the only thing I knew to do.  Alighting at the next station, I crossed the platform and waited for the next train back to the station.

From there, I made doubly sure that I was on the right train – the train to Porirua.  A mistaken journey that meant I got home late.  Late to walk through the unfamiliar and dark streets of a troubled town.  I made it home.  And the journey made its way into the annals of my memory.  And these annals serve as a rich repository of potential blogging topics.

 

Desert – Biblical References

Desert – Biblical References

(Numbers 21:20) and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah that looks down on the desert.

(Numbers 23:28) So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.

(Deuteronomy 32:10) “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

(1 Chronicles 5:9) He also lived to the east as far as the entrance of the desert this side of the Euphrates, because their livestock had multiplied in the land of Gilead.

(1 Chronicles 12:19) Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.”)

Desert – Biblical References

(Job 24:5) Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert the poor go out to their toil, seeking game; the wasteland yields food for their children.

(Job 38:26) to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,

(Psalms 72:9) May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!

(Psalms 78:17) Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.

(Psalms 78:40) How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert!

(Psalms 102:6) I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places;

(Psalms 105:41) He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river.

Desert - Biblical References

(Psalms 106:9) He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and he led them through the deep as through a desert.

(Psalms 106:14) But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert;

(Psalms 107:4) Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;

(Psalms 107:33) He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

(Psalms 107:35) He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

(Proverbs 21:19) It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

Desert – Biblical References

(Isaiah 14:17) who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?’

(Isaiah 16:1) Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

(Isaiah 16:8) For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have struck down its branches, which reached to Jazer and strayed to the desert; its shoots spread abroad and passed over the sea.

(Isaiah 31:9) His rock shall pass away in terror, and his officers desert the standard in panic,” declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 33:9) The land mourns and languishes; Lebanon is confounded and withers away; Sharon is like a desert, and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.

(Isaiah 35:1) The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;

(Isaiah 35:6) then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

(Isaiah 40:3) A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

(Isaiah 41:19) I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together,

Desert – Biblical References

(Isaiah 42:11) Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

(Isaiah 43:19) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

(Isaiah 43:20) The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,

(Isaiah 50:2) Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, by my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst.

(Isaiah 51:3) For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

(Isaiah 63:13) who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble.

Desert – Biblical References

(Jeremiah 4:11) At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse,

(Jeremiah 4:26) I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.

(Jeremiah 5:6) Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a wolf from the desert shall devastate them. A leopard is watching their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

Desert – Biblical References

(Jeremiah 9:2) Oh that I had in the desert a travelers’ lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men.

(Jeremiah 9:26) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

(Jeremiah 12:12) Upon all the bare heights in the desert destroyers have come, for the sword of the LORD devours from one end of the land to the other; no flesh has peace.

(Jeremiah 13:24) I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert.

Desert – Biblical References

(Jeremiah 17:6) He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

(Jeremiah 22:6) For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah: “‘You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, yet surely I will make you a desert, an uninhabited city.

(Jeremiah 25:24) all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the mixed tribes who dwell in the desert;

Desert – Biblical References

(Jeremiah 48:6) Flee! Save yourselves! You will be like a juniper in the desert!

(Jeremiah 50:12) your mother shall be utterly shamed, and she who bore you shall be disgraced. Behold, she shall be the last of the nations, a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

(Jeremiah 51:43) Her cities have become a horror, a land of drought and a desert, a land in which no one dwells, and through which no son of man passes.

Desert – Biblical References

(Zephaniah 2:13) And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.

(Malachi 1:3) but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.”

Desert – Biblical References

(Luke 8:29) For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.)

(Acts 8:26) Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.

Desert

The IRD was a Pain in the Back

I had hurt my back before I even started working there. My thinking was that a job change would somehow fix the problem.

Unknown to me at the time of job search and transition was the reality that sitting down all day is not a chiropractic recommendation.  Sitting added pressure to my spine. The sedentary nature of the job, the availability of junk food, and my own lack of self-control resulted in weight gain.  Such gains added additional pressure to my already sore back.

The sedentary nature of the job, the availability of junk food, and my own lack of self-control resulted in weight gain.  Such gains added additional pressure to my already sore back.

And so, at the age of 25, I was made redundant, though medical redundancy was what it was officially called.

How Did It Happen?

I had been working at Mitre 10, in Invercargill, since 2003.  In my three-and-a-bit years there, I had worked in a variety of roles.  In 2007, I was helping to put together some displays in the Seasonal area.

It was moving into winter.  Winter means Mitre 10 focuses its seasonal selling on heating.  One such product was a free standing fire place.

Putting together a free standing fire display involved lifting one from a pallet into position.

I did the lift right in terms of technique.  But it was just too heavy.  The resulting damage was a lacerated disc in my lower back.  Sadly though, it was a long time between when I had sustained the injury and when I had that confirmed by way of MRI.

back-injury

Not knowing in those early days what had really happened to my back meant that I didn’t get the most appropriate treatment.  No surprise the pain did not go away despite some fairly intensive physiotherapy.

The Road Less Traveled

forbidden

In This Series

  1. The IRD was a Pain in the Back
  2. Aspiration
  3. Study
  4. Behive Sails

for posterity

Christian Hedonist

John Piper.  Pastor.  Author.  Theologian.  Christian Hedonist.

In response to today’s daily prompt, I want to share an article by John PiperChristian Hedonism.


Christian Hedonism

Forgive the Label, But Don’t Miss the Truth


If you must, forgive me for the label. But don’t miss the truth because you don’t like my tag. My shortest summary of it is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Or: The chief end of man is to glorify God byenjoying him forever. Does Christian Hedonism1 make a god out of pleasure? No. It says that we all make a god out of what we take most pleasure in. My life is devoted to helping people make God their God, by wakening in them the greatest pleasures in him.

  • When Jesus warned his disciples that they might get their heads chopped off (Luke 21:16), he comforted them with the promise that, nevertheless, not a hair on their heads would perish (v. 18).
  • When he warned them that discipleship means self-denial and crucifixion (Mark 8:34), he consoled them with the promise that “whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (v. 35).
  • When he commanded them to leave all and follow him, he assured them that they would receive “a hundred-fold now. . . with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (Mark 10:28-31).

If we must sell all, we should do it, Jesus said, “with joy” because the field we aim to buy contains a hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44).

What I Mean When I Use This Term

By Christian Hedonism, I do not mean that our happiness is the highest good. I mean that pursuing the highest good will always result in our greatest happiness in the end. But almost all Christians believe this. Christian Hedonism says more, namely, that we should pursue happiness, and pursue it with all our might. The desire to be happy is a proper motive for every good deed, and if you abandon the pursuit of your own joy you cannot love man or please God – that’s what makes Christian Hedonism controversial.

Christian Hedonism aims to replace a Kantian morality with a biblical one. Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher who died in 1804, was the most powerful exponent of the notion that the moral value of an act decreases as we aim to derive any benefit from it. Acts are good if the doer is “disinterested.” We should do the good because it is good. Any motivation to seek joy or reward corrupts the act. Cynically, perhaps, but not without warrant, the novelist Ayn Rand captured the spirit of Kant’s ethic:

An action is moral, said Kant, only if one has no desire to perform it, but performs it out of a sense of duty and derives no benefit from it of any sort, neither material nor spiritual. A benefit destroys the moral value of an action. (Thus if one has no desire to be evil, one cannot be good; if one has, one can.)2

Against this Kantian morality (which has passed as Christian for too long!), we must herald the unabashedly hedonistic biblical morality. Jonathan Edwards, who died when Kant was 34, expressed it like this in one of his early resolutions: “Resolved, To endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.”3

How Others Have Said It

C. S. Lewis put it like this in a letter to Sheldon Vanauken: “It is a Christian duty, as you know, for everyone to be as happy as he can.4

And southern novelist Flannery O’Connor gives her view of self-denial like this: “Always you renounce a lesser good for a greater; the opposite is sin.Picture me with my ground teeth stalking joy – fully armed too, as it’s a highly dangerous quest.5

The Kantian notion says that it’s O.K. to get joy as an unintended result of your action. But all these people (myself included) are aiming at joy. We repudiate both the possibility and desirability of disinterested moral behavior. It is impossible, because the will is not autonomous; it always inclines to what it perceives will bring the most happiness (John 8:34; Romans 6:16;2 Peter 2:19).

Pascal was right when he said “All men seek happiness without exception.They all aim at this goal however different the means they use to attain it. . . .They will never make the smallest move but with this as its goal. This is the motive of all the actions of all men, even those who contemplate suicide.”6

Why Being Disinterested Is Unbiblical

But not only is disinterested morality (doing good “for its own sake”) impossible; it is undesirable. That is, it is unbiblical; because it would mean that the better a man became the harder it would be for him to act morally. The closer he came to true goodness the more naturally and happily he would do what is good. A good man in Scripture is not the man who dislikes doing good but toughs it out for the sake of duty. A good man loves kindness (Micah 6:8) and delights in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2), and the will of the Lord (Psalm 40:8). But how shall such a man do an act of kindness disinterestedly? The better the man, the more joy in obedience.

Kant loves a disinterested giver. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Disinterested performance of duty displeases God. He wills that we delight in doing good and that we do it with the confidence that our obedience secures and increases our joy in God.

Oh, that I could drive the notion out of our churches that virtue requires a stoical performance of duty – the notion that good things are promised merely as the result of obedience but not as an incentive for it. The Bible is replete with promises which are not appended carefully as non-motivational results, but which clearly and boldly and hedonistically aim to motivate our behavior.

What the Bible Says About Morality

What sets off biblical morality from worldly hedonism is not that biblical morality is disinterested, but that it is interested in vastly greater and purer things. Some examples:

Luke 6:35 says, “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and you reward will be great.” Note: we should never be motivated by worldly aggrandizement (“expect nothing in return”); but we are given strength to suffer loss in service of love by the promise of a future reward.

Again, in Luke 14:12-14: “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor . . . and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Note: don’t do good deeds for worldly advantage; but do them for spiritual, heavenly benefits.

But the Kantian philosopher will say, “No, no. These texts only describe what reward will result if you act disinterestedly. They do not teach us to seek the reward.”

My Response to These Assertions

Two answers: 1) It is very bad pedagogy to say, “Take this pill and I will give you a nickel,” if you think the desire for the nickel will ruin the taking of the pill. But Jesus was a wise teacher, not a foolish one. 2) Even more importantly, there are texts which not only commend but command that we do good in the hope of future blessing.

Luke 12:33 says, “Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail.” The connection here between alms and having eternal treasure in heaven is not mere result but aim: “Make it your aim to have treasure in heaven, and the way to do this is to sell your possessions and give alms.”

And again, Luke 16:9 says, “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into eternal habitations.” Luke does not say that the result of a proper use of possessions is to receive eternal habitations. He says, “Make it your aim to secure an eternal habitation by the way you use your possessions.”

Therefore, a resounding NO to Kantian morality. No in the pew and no in the pulpit. In the pew the very heart is ripped out of worship by the notion that it can be performed as a mere duty. There are two possible attitudes in genuine worship: delight in God or repentance for the lack of it.

Corporate Christian Hedonism

Sunday at 11 a.m., Hebrew 11:6 enters combat with Immanuel Kant. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” You cannot please God if you do not come to him as rewarder. Therefore, worship which pleases God is the hedonistic pursuit of God in whose presence is fullness ofjoy and in who hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).

What a difference it will make if we are Christian hedonists and not Kantian commanders of duty! Jonathan Edwards, the greatest preacher-theologian that America has ever produced, daringly said, “I should think myself in the way of my duty to raise the affections of my hearers as high as possibly I can, provided that they are affected with nothing but truth, and with affections that are not disagreeable to the nature of what they are affected with.”7 The ultimate reason Edwards believed this was his duty is his profound and biblical conviction that

God glorifies himself towards the creatures also [in] two ways: (1) by appearing to them, being manifested to their understanding; (2) in communicating himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying the manifestations which he makes of himself. . . . God is glorified not only by his glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. . . . [W]hen those that see it delight in it: God is more glorified than if they only see it. . . . He that testifies his idea of God’s glory [doesn’t] glorify God so much as he that testifies also his approbation of it and his delight in it.8

The Ultimate Foundation of Christian Hedonism

This is the ultimate foundation for Christian Hedonism.

As Christian Hedonists we know that everyone longs for happiness. And we will never tell them to deny or repress that desire. Their problem is not that they want to be satisfied, but that they are far too easily satisfied. We will instruct them how to glut their soul-hunger on the grace of God. We will paint God’s glory in lavish reds and yellows and blues; and hell we will paint with smoky shadows of gray and charcoal. We will labor to wean them off the milk of the world onto the rich fare of God’s grace and glory.

We will bend all our effort, by the Holy Spirit, to persuade people

  • that “abuse suffered for the Christ [is] greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt” (Hebrews 11:26);
  • that they can be happier in giving than receiving (Acts 20:35);
  • that they should count everything as loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus their Lord (Philippians 3:8);
  • that the aim of all of Jesus’ commandments is that their joy might be full (John 15:11);
  • that if they delight themselves in the Lord he will give them the desire of their heart (Psalm 37:4);
  • that there is great gain in godliness with contentment (1 Timothy 6:6);
  • and that the joy of the Lord is their strength (Nehemiah 8:11).

We will not try to motivate their ministry by Kantian appeals to mere duty. We will tell them that delight in God is their highest duty. But we will remind them that Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2), and that Hudson Taylor, at the end of a life full of suffering and trial, said, “I never made a sacrifice.”9


Read a condensed version of this article titled We Want You to Be a Christian Hedonist.


Notes

1. For the full story of what I call “Christian Hedonism,” see John Piper, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 1996); or the small version, The Dangerous Duty of Delighting in God (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001).

2. Ayn Rand, For the Intellectual (New York: Signet, 1961), p. 32.

3. Resolution #22 in Edwards’ Memoirs in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1 (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1974), p. xxi.

4. From a letter to Sheldon Vanaukehn in Vanauken’s book, A Severe Mercy (New York: Harper and Row, 1977), p. 189.

5. The Habit of Being, ed. by Sally Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979), p.126.

6. Blaise Pascal, Pascal’s Pensées, trans. by W. F. Trotter (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1958), p. 113 (thought #425).

7. Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival, in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 4, ed. by C. Goen (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1972), p. 387.

8. Jonathan Edwards, The “Miscellanies,” a-500, ed. by Thomas Schafer, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 13 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994), p. 495. Miscellany #448; see also #87, pp. 251-252; #332, p. 410; #679 (not in the New Haven Volume). Emphasis added. These Miscellanies were the private notebooks of Edwards from which he built his books, like The End for Which God Created the World.

9. Howard and Geraldine Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, n. d.), p. 30.

Christian Hedonist

1/7 Bloggers Blogs

July 1: Great or greatest – Bloggers Blogs.

What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?

I am not a huge follower of blogs, even though all the fundamental courses available suggest the key to being a great blogger is immersion in other blogs.

That’s not to suggest I don’t have the eye for a great blog or great blog post.  The kinds of posts I read, and blogs I return to, is mostly influenced by my own writing.  What I mean by that is, the topics I write about and perspectives I write from are most attractive to me.  I am interested to read in bloggers who share the same worldview.

My worldview is a Christian one.  My worldview is influenced by the teachings of Scriptures. My worldview is influenced by teachings on the teachings of Scripture.  Epistemologically, my goal is to have my thoughts conform to the thoughts of the Divine as revealed in the Scriptures.

I am thus interested in bloggers and blogs whose thinking and the expression of their thinking is expressions of that Christian worldview.

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In my short career as a blogger, I have been most interested in the contributions of “Susanna, a retired midwife who enjoyed a satisfying career now getting my love of story writing out there.”

Susanna’s blog can be found here.   Like me, she seeks to write daily, responding to the daily prompt.  Unlike me, she doesn’t appear to have missed a day – at least for as long as I have been attempting to respond to the daily prompt.

The Daily Prompt

There are at least two types of daily prompts that I am attempting to respond to.

The first is part of an ebook called 365 Writing Prompts.  As the name suggests, it is a day to day morsel of thought.

The second is the living The Daily Post brought to us by “the friendly editors at WordPress.com”  Each day this blog posts a daily prompt and encourages its followers to create a pingback to the daily prompt post.  This cross-posts to The Daily Post’s daily prompt post.

This cross-post publishing is the avenue I use to explore other bloggers response to the daily prompt, and how I discovered Susanna.