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  • Votes From the Democracy of the Dead September 10, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 48 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.The idea of ordinate affection is not welcome today. Narcissism has become a celebrated virtue, and is now even given the monikers transparent, authentic, and real. The two ...
  • Affect or Effect September 5, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 1 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.The difference between affections and emotions is seen in what art is used in worship. Since worship uses art, worship leaders can use it in precisely one of ...
  • Everything is Uh-Sim August 20, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 47 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.“How’re you guys doin’ today?” “Fine, thanks.” “Uh-sim. Will you be using a rewards card today?” “Uh, no.” “Uh-sim. Cash back?” “No, not today.” Swipes card, takes receipt.  “No prob. You guys have ...
  • Emotional or Affected? August 13, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 46 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.While C. S. Lewis encourages us to not place too much stock in our feelings, he was adamant that the whole point of education was to create ...
  • Stop Feeling Your Feelings August 9, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 44 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Since emotion is a mangled and confusing word, we need to separate the different experiences it is used to refer to. As we have seen, older generations ...
  • Does God Have “Emotions”? July 2, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 45 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Trying to answer a badly-worded question often leads to an inferior answer. Loaded questions implicate those who even attempt to answer them. “By what authority doest thou ...
  • A Short History of “Emotion” June 25, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 42 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Some might be surprised to learn that the word emotion is perhaps only 200 years old. Thomas Dixon has documented the history of the term “emotion” in ...
  • Emotion June 18, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 43 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Perhaps few words are as mangled as the word emotion. In this word is a cacophony of confusion. For some, emotion is nothing more than the superficial ...
  • A Theology of Equality June 11, 2019 David de BruynThis entry is part 41 of 48 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.When God made humankind, He made them male and female, both equally in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). According to Peter, this makes men and women co-heirs of ...
  • Why Hymnals? June 8, 2019 Ryan MartinI was recently asked to fill out a survey for pastors about their use of hymnals. Their final question was: “If you DO use hymnals for congregational singing, why do you view them as a worthwhile means of leading your church in worship?” Here was my response: A printed hymnal is good for so many reasons. It is a ...