If You Want to Be Happy, Don’t….

… From Jonathan Mead: In reality, it’s the tension of your mind that causes unhappiness.  If you’re not happy, it’s because your mind is focused on something that’s making you unhappy.  And why is your mind doing this?  Because you’re stuck in a viciouscycle of misdirected judgment, productivity and purpose that has you thinking about [Read More...]

The Art of Happiness

Happiness has become a hot topic for discussion among philosophers and theologians, and one reason for this is that it has always been a part of intellectual history. But the discussion was more or less taken over by the social sciences and it became a discussion about our inner state — answering the question “What [Read More...]

Christmas Minnesota Style (RJS)

Scot headed for warmer climes – we headed north. [Read more...]

Do you need God to be moral?

C.S. Lewis famously argued that morals need God, that one cannot have universal morals without a divine foundation for those morals. That is, apart from belief in God it is hard to maintain belief in morals. The question Lewis provokes for some is this: Are there cultures where folks are both demonstrably moral and irreligious. [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

We’re looking at happiness and using David Naugle, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness,and what he says here dovetails nicely with our examination of Jean Twenge’s book about the iGens. There is a significant increase in anxiety and depression records today, and there is also a constant pursuit of happiness. But [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s second chapter in his fine new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is about Augustine. Augustine lists the three causes of unhappiness and the one cause of genuine happiness. What do you think of his breakdown? How about a concrete instance of each one? Here they are: 1. [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is a delightful series of reflections on a Christian understanding of happiness. I like his theme of balance and I wonder if some want to converse about the struggle to find the balance or to live happily with the imbalance. Here’s [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

We begin a new “friday is for friends” series next week, but today we introduce the theme: happiness. I encourage you to purchase and read David Naugle‘s newest book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness , if you want to enter more completely into this series. The theme of happiness interests [Read More...]


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