High Calling Blogs

Snap Judgments of the Positive Kind

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Our brains aren’t comfortable with incomplete information. But in our imperfect world, perfect information is rare. So our brains compensate by filling in the missing pieces with whatever would be most likely. Simple optical illusions demonstrate how our brains fill in missing lines and even add dots to make sense…

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How Real People Build Real Relationships

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At Beach Retreat 2011, I read a book called TrueFaced. The authors call us to live a true-faced life in your personal relationships by presenting your true self to others. As you are honest about who you and what you are struggling through, others feel free to do likewise and…

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Enchantment Leads to Great Delight

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It’s all about mindset. That’s what I’m thinking after reading chapters 1 and 2 of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions for the High Calling Blogs book club. Mindset is defined in the Oxford American Dictionary as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.”…

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Untangling Our Hunger Wires

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We’ve moved into the second set of essays in The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God—these essays are all about fasting. I started this section with some deflation, concerned we’ve moved from celebration to mourning in regard to food. This week’s essays brought me back…

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Goodbye, January 2011

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It’s Monday. That means it’s book club discussion day over at High Calling Blogs, where we are reading and ruminating on The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God. I’ve only been a part-time clubber, as massive work overload and travel throughout January have prevented me…

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Happy Taste Buds

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My taste buds long for something I’ve never eaten. They scream for satisfaction. All I have to offer them is the local fare; it calms the stomach but doesn’t fool the tongue. C. S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can…

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A Case for Mealtime Grace

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There is a hollow growing inside with each turn of page. I’m reading the first five essays in The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, the current High Calling Blogs book club selection. You might think the hollow I refer to is a gnawing hunger,…

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If Christianity Started an Ad Campaign

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It is rare for an idea to come without baggage. We have a lifetime of experiences through which we’ve formed opinions that are difficult to disconnect from (remember the Curse of Knowledge?). When I mention the words Christian and Christianity to someone who does not know Jesus, often there is…

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