“You Are Not Running Late–You Are Rude”

We find ourselves in a coddled, hands-off society. It’s impolitic to address faults directly. For this reason, posts that tell the truth sometimes go viral. Here’s a good example. A Sydney businessman named Greg Savage just wrote a fiery piece in which he addressed those who are habitually late. “You are not running late,” he writes, [Read More...]

The “Excessively Grandiose” & Narcissistic World of Facebook

From The Guardian: Researchers at Western Illinois University studied the Facebook habits of 294 students, aged between 18 and 65, and measured two “socially disruptive” elements of narcissism – grandiose exhibitionism (GE) and entitlement/exploitativeness (EE). GE includes ”self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies” and people who score high on this aspect of narcissism need to [Read More...]

Essay on the State of Evangelical Parenting

A just-published story in The Atlantic by Lori Gottlieb entitled “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy” raises some helpful questions about modern parenting and how it is stimulating narcissism.  There is some strong language in the piece, so I’m not linking to it.  I will, however, quote a section to show the strength of the ideas [Read More...]

Will Ferrell, Kurt Warner, and The Meaning of Life

I recently watched the movie “Stranger Than Fiction” and found that it suffers from a typically cinematic kind of mistake: it equates real living with a narcissistic, irresponsible, work-shirking kind of life. That, quite simply, is problematic. The title character, Harold Crick (played by former Saturday Night Live actor Will Ferrell) muddles through life as [Read More...]

Killing Narcissism: Or, How Focusing on Others Might Just Save Our Souls

“I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.”  (Clyde Kilby quoted in John Piper, The Hidden Smile of God, 112) A good friend passed [Read More...]

Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve: Adolescence or Adulthood

Came across an interesting piece in the New York Times today.  I was going to blog about the Palin-Biden debate but I decided not to after perusing this article, entitled “If Only the Cool Kids Could See Him Now” by Bruce Weber.  The tagline on the NYT homepage was this: “Adolescent anxiety is the subject [Read More...]

In Pursuit of God-Glorifying Blogging

I’ve been thinking a little lately about blogging. I wrote a while back on humility as it relates to blogging, but I’ve had some further thoughts on the subject. Blogging, it seems to me, is neither good nor bad. It is a neutral field that can be used for either good or bad ends. It [Read More...]


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