Daily Post #15

A biblical attempt to make sense of a horrible reality in light of the Fall: “The Salvation of the ‘Little Ones’: Do Infants who Die Go to Heaven?” by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and Daniel L. Akin

I spent time this morning reading a theologian on “Aging and Dying.” Here are two quotes that really stood out:

“Modern Western culture seeks to avoid thinking about aging and death, and some people put immense amounts of money and time into attempts to hide the signs of aging and to appear younger than they really are” (Grudem).

“There is nothing wrong with a moderate effort to improve one’s physical appearance, but the pursuit of a ‘perfect’ body or a continual desire to disguise one’s actual age can easily become an idol, turning our hearts away from God and the things he wants us to focus on” (Grudem).

I am preparing a commencement speech that I am scheduled to in the next couple of weeks. I have found myself focusing on Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. He survived four concentration camps. Ultimately, he created a psychothereapy that is rooted in the search for meaning (as opposed to Freud’s will to pleasure and Adler’s will to power, the latter of which was built on Nietzsche’s thought), what he says is the primary motivation in all human beings. He then details three ways that we find meaning. While not everything in his theory—Logotherapy—agrees with a biblical worldview, it is profound. In my opinion, it is among the best that the world of modern psychology has to offer. So much of it does in fact sync with the teaching of Scripture. The first half of the book tells his heart-wrenching experiences in the camps. The second part of the book lays out in succinct fashion the nuts and bolts of his theory. It is a MUST read in my view. You won’t be able to put it down.

Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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