Category Archives: thinking

The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes! (Thinking)

Yes, thinking can complicate one’s life! But for Jesus-followers, we are to use the minds God has given us. Some writer once said that the early Christians out thought the world!

We who have been in this thing called Christianity for a while need to read what I call “boiling books.” A boiling book is a book that gets you hopping mad before you get past the preface. It would be one that attacks the Christian faith. Why in the world would one want to read such a book?

Certainly not for spiritual nourishment! If I have non-Christian friends who read such books, love requires that I do the same. To engage with them. To debate with them. To seek to persuade them of the truth of the Christian gospel.

I’ve read a number of boiling books over the years (some are shown in the picture). I’m trying to get through one right now that advocates universalism (that all will be saved whether they want to be or not).

What anti-Christian books are your friends reading? Might you consider reading one of those also — so that you can intelligently engage with your friend? Just a thought.


Posted by on May 7, 2020 in thinking


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 7

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-6-49-59-am
    for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
    I obey your precepts.

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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in thinking


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 111)

Psalm 111

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I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in thinking


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 4

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-6-14-32-am
    preserve my life according to your word.
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
    teach me your decrees.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
    that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
    be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
    do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
    for you have broadened my understanding.

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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in thinking


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (television’s addiction)

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How interesting that Hobbes’ logic — that Calvin could do many other things than simply veg in front of the TV — collapses and he joins Calvin watching the nothingness before them!

If you’re at all like me, you’ve discovered that TV is often nothing more than Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 7.30.59 AMbubblegum for the brain.  It can anesthetize us from the critical practice of thinking about what we are seeing and hearing.  I Thessalonians 5 says, “21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)

There’s a great message by Dr. Al Mohler on THINKING which is found here.

Don’t let television tank your thinking!



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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in thinking


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (thinking)

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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in thinking


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Time for a Great Quote (William Lane Craig)

“Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral.  As Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.43.54 PMChristians, their minds are going to waste.  One result of this is an immature, superficial faith.  People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.45.03 PMare cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, and of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”

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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in thinking


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What Has Philosophy to Do with PLUMBING? (time for a good quote)

“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing FirefoxScreenSnapz491because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” (John Gardner)


1.  We are told in the Bible not to beware of philosophy, but of “deceitful philosophy.”  We read in the book of Colossians, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Col. 2:8).  What are some advantages of good philosophy?

2.  If philosophy is the love of wisdom, why is it that so many philosophers have rejected the Good News about Jesus?  Your thoughts?


Posted by on May 13, 2014 in thinking


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