The Mission of the Body of Christ by Russ Ramsey, Free for CAPC Members
The way Ramsey sets up each of Paul’s letters—with characters, place, time, and social conditions—offers a new and captivating way to understand Scripture.
Good thinking can be hard to come by in the world today. Between the troubles we endure and the frustrations we face, the negative things loom large in our hearts and minds. Some say we should just choose joy and see the glass as gloriously half full. But that’s not always easy to do when the worst case scenarios play out at every turn and the glass hardly looks worse than half empty.
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think! series with a conversation about the blocks that form the foundation of our thinking for good or for ill. Our bent to find the good or the bad in a situation is more than mere optimism or pessimism—more than a mere personality bent. The way our brains respond to life goes even deeper. It’s more about having the core of our perspective redeemed and aligned with what’s been true since God created the world and called it good. If we see the world as hopelessly dark and broken, cynicism will stifle any hope for cultivating life and goodness. But if we see the world as good yet broken, we see the world and its creatures as God does: inherently valuable and worthy of redemption. Seeing the world as inherently good or bad shapes the way we see everything and the way we live.
Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.
“Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?” Psychology Today
All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment, Hannah Anderson
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