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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

Things that were once commonplace are now valuable because they’re rare:

  • An in-person pastoral visit
  • A phone call instead of an email
  • A handwritten thank you note in the mail
  • Restraint in a time of outspokenness
The cost of each of these remains the same, but the value of each has increased.

The Thinking Person’s Checklist
  1. When faced with provocation to respond to what someone has said, give it five minutes. Take a walk, or weed the garden, or chop some vegetables. Get your body involved: your body knows the rhythms to live by, and if your mind falls into your body’s rhythm, you’ll have a better chance of thinking.
  2. Value learning over debating. Don’t “talk for victory.”
  3. As best you can, online and off, avoid the people who fan flames.
  4. Remember that you don’t have to respond to what everyone else is responding to in order to signal your virtue and right-mindedness.
  5. If you do have to respond to what everyone else is responding to in order to signal your virtue and right-mindedness, or else lose your status in your community, then you should realize that it’s not a community but rather an Inner Ring.
  6. Gravitate as best you can, in every way you can, toward people who seem to value genuine community and can handle disagreement with equanimity.
  7. Seek out the best and fairest-minded of people whose views you disagree with. Listen to them for a time without responding. Whatever they say, think it over.
  8. Patiently, and as honestly as you can, assess your repugnances.
  9. Sometimes the “ick factor” is telling; sometimes it’s a distraction from what matters.
  10. Beware of metaphors and myths that do too much heavy cognitive lifting; notice what your “terministic screens” are directing your attention to—and what they’re directing your attention away from; look closely for hidden metaphors and beware the power of myth.
  11. Try to describe others’ positions in the language that they use, without indulging in in-other-wordsing.
  12. Be brave.
From Alan Jacobs, How to Think

I enjoy the Dwell Bible app. It’s a “new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart.” I use it every day.

It features Bible reading plans and other great playlists. You can choose your own narrator. Felix is my favorite.

They’ve just released a Content Creator for churches with special launch pricing. If you’re a pastor or church leader, you can create your own listening plan or playlist. It also unlocks unlimited access for everyone in your church.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow