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©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
“Monotheism loathes intelligence.”
"A fiction does not die, an illusion never passes away...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Stewardship of the Mind
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Mind
Fix these words of mine in your
hearts and minds
Deuteronomy 11:18
Do not be conform...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Mind
Fix these words of mine in your
hearts and minds
Deuteronomy 11:18
Do not be conform...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Mind
Fix these words of mine in your
hearts and minds
Deuteronomy 11:18
Do not be conform...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, wh...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Stimulus
Thoughts
EmotionsDesire
Action
Cognitive-Behavioral Model
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Stimulus
Thoughts
EmotionsDesire
Action
Cognitive-Behavioral Model
“Life is 10% what happ...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, wh...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
“The mind, not the Bible, is the very first line of defense God
has given us against erro...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Stewardship of the Mind
• Is stewardship only related to money?
• “The responsible use of...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Start with reading
• Reading requires interaction.
• Media is more passive and does not r...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Reading, it’s your choice
• Choosing to read
• Available to everyone, it is a matter of c...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Your armory
claustrum sine armario est quasi
castrum sine armamentario
A monastery withou...
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Discipleship of the Mind
• Barna Group Study (David
Kinnaman)
• More than 50% of the 18- ...
©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
Discipleship of the Mind
• “The state, condition, or fact of being a pupil, follower, or
...
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“In their uncompromising determination to proclaim
truth, Christians must avoid the intel...
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How to read
• Asking questions, critical
reading
• What does it say about reality
as comp...
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Intellectual Laziness
• Intellectual Laziness is still laziness
• "Laziness casts one int...
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Overcoming Apathy
• Indifference can be worse than anger or hatred
• “indifference is alw...
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Empty-self traits
1. Inordinately individualistic
2. Infantile
3. Narcissistic
4. Passive...
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“It is a man’s glory to be the only intellectual
animal on Earth. That imposes upon human...
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“Ideas matter. In fact, what we believe and the way we see
things largely determine the t...
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Guide
• Avoid Pride and Inferiority
• Everyone has a different level of intellect
• We ar...
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Intellectual Virtues
• Intellectual Virtues
• Passion for the truth
• Passion for holines...
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Intellectual Disciplines
• Intellectual Disciplines
• Solitude, Silence, Attention
• Late...
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A place and time to think
• Make a place and time to think
• No noise, silence
• No inter...
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Study, Exercise for the Mind
“The desire to know, to think clearly, to pursue ideas back
...
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Intellectual Loneliness
• “In too many churches, a questing mind can be a plague
to its o...
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Resistance and Suspicion
• “In too many churches, a questioning mind can be a
plague to i...
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Resistance
• “If anything, the pressures against using the mind
carefully, honestly and f...
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Love God With All Your Mind part 4

Part 4 in the series. Stewardship of the mind: renewing our minds, thinking & reading. Responsibility & practical guidance.
According to Jesus, the greatest commandment in the Old Testament is: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37-38). How are we to fulfill this commandment, especially the part about loving God with all our mind? Jesus implied that what we think and what we believe is extremely important to God, and being a thinking Christian is a major part of our loving God. Using Dr. J.P. Moreland's book, Love Your God With All Your Mind, this class will explore how we can use our minds to love and glorify God.

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Love God With All Your Mind part 4

  1. 1. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies
  2. 2. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies “Monotheism loathes intelligence.” "A fiction does not die, an illusion never passes away, a fairy tale does not refute itself… You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition. God, manufactured by mortals in their own quintessential image, exists only to make daily life bearable despite the path that every one of us treads towards extinction… We cannot assassinate or kill an illusion. In fact illusion is more likely to kill us — for God puts to death everything that stands up to him, beginning with reason, intelligence and the critical mind. All the rest follows in a chain reaction." - Michel Onfray “Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument.” - Richard Dawkins
  3. 3. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Stewardship of the Mind
  4. 4. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Mind Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds Deuteronomy 11:18 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
  5. 5. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Mind Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds Deuteronomy 11:18 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
  6. 6. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Mind Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds Deuteronomy 11:18 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
  7. 7. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
  8. 8. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Stimulus Thoughts EmotionsDesire Action Cognitive-Behavioral Model
  9. 9. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Stimulus Thoughts EmotionsDesire Action Cognitive-Behavioral Model “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Chuck Swindoll
  10. 10. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
  11. 11. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies “The mind, not the Bible, is the very first line of defense God has given us against error.” … “In order to understand the Bible accurately, our mental faculties must be intact and we must use them as God intended.” … “What is the tool we use in our observations of the world that helps us separate fact from Fiction? That tool is reason, the ability to use our minds to sort through observations and draw accurate conclusions about reality. Rationality is one of the tools God has given us to acquire knowledge.” - G. Koukl, Tactics pg. 32
  12. 12. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Stewardship of the Mind • Is stewardship only related to money? • “The responsible use of resources, esp. money, time, and talents, in the service of God.” (OED) • The Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:14-30 • Your intellect is one of the greatest gifts from God • How should we use our intellects? • Should we increase it for His kingdom? • Steward = Responsibility And now you know about your responsibility
  13. 13. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Start with reading • Reading requires interaction. • Media is more passive and does not require interaction. • Media makes fewer demands it breeds passive participation, short attention spans, instant gratification. • All truth is God’s truth. • Must read with discernment. In light of the Christian worldview. • "I knew I had to out-think those who were challenging my faith; and to out-think them, I knew I had to out-read them." - James E. White
  14. 14. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Reading, it’s your choice • Choosing to read • Available to everyone, it is a matter of choice • May not be easy, difficult to change old habits • What to read • Widely read v. well read • What is better, reading a lot of garbage or few excellent works • Not unlimited time need to be selective • It is like a diet, junk food verses nutritious food • The Bible is foundational for your diet (For the renewing of your mind)
  15. 15. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Your armory claustrum sine armario est quasi castrum sine armamentario A monastery without a library [sine armario] is like a castle without an armory [sine armamentario] - Norman Monk 1170 AD
  16. 16. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Discipleship of the Mind • Barna Group Study (David Kinnaman) • More than 50% of the 18- to 29-year- olds in the church aspire to careers in science and technology. • Only 1% of young adult pastors/leaders ever address science in their teaching. • We need to address the typical “apologetics” issues as part of church programs
  17. 17. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Discipleship of the Mind • “The state, condition, or fact of being a pupil, follower, or adherent of any teacher, leader, doctrine, etc.; the position of a pupil, or follower.” OED • We need to train people to think with a Christian worldview • Classes • Sermons • Small Group Studies • Integrated into all aspects of the local Church • Training people up includes training the intellect
  18. 18. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies “In their uncompromising determination to proclaim truth, Christians must avoid the intellectual flabbiness of the larger society. They must rally against the prevailing distrust of reason and the exaltation of the irrational. Emotion, self-indulgence and irrationalities have always been the enemies of the gospel, and the apostles warned their followers against them.” - Herbert Schlossberg
  19. 19. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies How to read • Asking questions, critical reading • What does it say about reality as compared with Christian worldview? • How to read slowly by James Sire • How to read a book by Mortimer Adler
  20. 20. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Intellectual Laziness • Intellectual Laziness is still laziness • "Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger." Proverbs 19:15 • The Church has fallen asleep intellectually • As a result people are hungry for something substantial for their intellect. • The good news is it appears the Church is starting to wake up intellectually
  21. 21. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Overcoming Apathy • Indifference can be worse than anger or hatred • “indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor—never his victim” • Why are people indifferent about increasing their intellectual capabilities? • Does being indifferent about your intellect help or hinder Christ’s kingdom? • Is it deemed hard and left untried? • Is it hard like trying to stop eating junk food?
  22. 22. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Empty-self traits 1. Inordinately individualistic 2. Infantile 3. Narcissistic 4. Passive 5. Sensate 6. Lost the art of developing an interior life 7. Hurried and busy Countering the empty-self 1. Admit the problem 2. Choose to be different 3. Change your routine 4. Develop patience and endurance 5. Develop a good vocabulary 6. Set some intellectual goals Don’t be so prideful as to think you know it all and that you are intellectual enough. On the other hand do play the inferiority card and develop a sense of insecurity about your mental abilities. Neither inferiority nor pride will do you any good in developing a good Christian mind. J. P. Moreland, Love Your God with all Your Mind pages 88-96
  23. 23. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies “It is a man’s glory to be the only intellectual animal on Earth. That imposes upon human beings the moral obligation to lead intellectual lives. The slothful are blind to the glory and neglectful of the obligation.” – Mortimer Adler, Intellect: Mind of Matter
  24. 24. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies “Ideas matter. In fact, what we believe and the way we see things largely determine the type of people we will become and the behavior we will exhibit. Because ideas matter, Christians and non-Christians alike should desire to know truth wherever it can be found. Moreover, Christians have a special intellectual and moral obligation to follow Augustine's advice: we have a duty, he said, to show that our Scriptures do not contradict what we have reason to believe from reliable sources outside them. In short Christians have the obligation and privilege of developing and propagating an integrated Christian worldview.”
  25. 25. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Guide • Avoid Pride and Inferiority • Everyone has a different level of intellect • We are stewards of the intellect • Avoid sloppy thinking • Find a safe place or group of people if needed, Pray • Pride puffs up • “If our allegiance to Christianity is not based on the conviction that it is true and reasonable, then we are treating the faith as a mere means to some self-serving pragmatic end, and that demeans the faith”
  26. 26. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Intellectual Virtues • Intellectual Virtues • Passion for the truth • Passion for holiness, application of truth • Passion for consistency • Compassion for others • In a framework of humility “He [Christ] wants a child’s heart but a grown- up’s head.” C. S. Lewis
  27. 27. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Intellectual Disciplines • Intellectual Disciplines • Solitude, Silence, Attention • Lateral Thinking • Prayer • Create good intellectual habits, this is honoring to God • Taking classes, reading books, research • Liberal arts has a place, interdisciplinary reading
  28. 28. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies A place and time to think • Make a place and time to think • No noise, silence • No interruptions, location is important • No background music • Society, Community, and Groups • Rest • Exercise • Keep a journal, notes, keep notebook around • Set goals
  29. 29. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Study, Exercise for the Mind “The desire to know, to think clearly, to pursue ideas back to their sources and on toward their implications: this desire should not be difficult for one who is called by God to think.” – James W. Sire Habits of the Mind pg. 132 “If we are to love God adequately with the mind, then the mind must be exercised regularly, trained to acquire certain habits of thought, and filled with an increasingly rich set of distinctions and categories.” J.P. Moreland pg. 105
  30. 30. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Intellectual Loneliness • “In too many churches, a questing mind can be a plague to its owner. The thinking woman or man seldom gets much support today—and more often than not meets with resistance and suspicion. This is true, not only for those inclined to dig more deeply for a more reasoned, better-founded faith, but for the Christian who is laboring out in the world to resolve debates and value-clashes in fields like social justice, medical research, education, law, and finance. And so the Christian who must use his or her mind, because they are driven by the joy of using it, can exist in an odd, ambivalent relationship with his brothers and sisters in Christ. This should not be.” - David Hazard
  31. 31. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Resistance and Suspicion • “In too many churches, a questioning mind can be a plague to its owner. The thinking woman or man seldom gets much support today – and more often than not meets with resistance and suspicion.” • “According to the Bible, developing a Christian mind is part of the very essence of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus.” • “[God] does not love intellectuals more than anyone else. But it needs to be said in the same breath that ignorance in not a Christian virtue if those virtues mirror the perfection of God’s own character.” J. P. Moreland, Love Your God With All Your Mind
  32. 32. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Resistance • “If anything, the pressures against using the mind carefully, honestly and faithfully as an essential aspect of the Christian’s calling are stronger now than ever before.” Mark Noll (J. Stott 2006, 8)
  33. 33. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Resources
  34. 34. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Recommended Books to start with
  35. 35. ©2015 T hird Colum n Ministr ies Thank you for participating! • Register for future sessions • Suggest future topics • Be a guest speaker www.thirdcolumnministries.org/the-forum

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