It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

― President Theodore Roosevelt

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

- Thomas Jefferson

Because we are finite and fallen, we must critically evaluate whatever we think we know, but these limitations do not prevent us from learning much about the world.

- Michael Wittmer, Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough (144).

Study after study has found that Porn addiction changes brain chemistry for the worst; side effects include:

  • Inability to Feel Pleasure
  • Willpower Erosion
  • Dating & Social Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Performance Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Voyeurism
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Sexual Performance Issues
  • Memory-Loss

Invest the 16 minutes or so to hear Gary Wilson explain how porn has ravaged the men of this generation.

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object that is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we prohibit and abolish women? The sun, moon, and stars have been worshiped. Shall we pluck them out of the sky?

- Martin Luther

Though not without it’s own views point & bias, here are two great links via The Guardian, a winner of a Pulitzer prize for public service, that help foster media literacy & critical thought about what we participate in and consume:

Media

Social Media

 

U.S. society in general, and pop-culture specifically, has blended up a cocktail of autonomy & self-esteem culture that has now trickled into our collective religious thinking. Along with a handful of familiar concepts loosely borrowed from Christianity, a new America Religion has emerged and was articulated a few years back by sociologist Christian Smith while studying the spiritual attitudes and beliefs of young people. What Smith & co. discovered was something they dubbed, “Moral Therapeutic Deism”.  Though many statistically identify with (nominal) Christianity, Moral Therapeutic Deism, by sharp contrast teaches:

1. “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.”
2. “God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.”
3. “The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.”
4. “God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.”
5. “Good people go to heaven when they die.”

Taken from excerpts via the Christian Post, here is some brilliant insights into Moral Therapeutic Deism: Read on »

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.

-Jim Elliot

You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.

― Charles H. Spurgeon

One of the chief reasons so many believers are spiritually ill … is a guilty, oppressed conscience. They are laboring under the burden of their unrighteous condition, rather than resting in the liberty of their righteous position. Sad to say, there aren’t many of God’s people today who know anything at all about a “pure,” a “perfect” conscience. Countless Christians, including those who are awakened and hungry to grow, are bound by a bad conscience. They are honestly aware of their sinful condition, but are only vaguely aware of their perfect position.

- Miles J Stanford

My sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in [God] but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error.

Augustine, Confessions (Bk. I, 20, p. 40–41)

 

The separation of faith from knowledge is the fast train to crazy town.

- Dr. Micheal Wittmer