Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life

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Stott – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service, writes John Stott If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality While Christians have had Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life Matters: The PDF Æ and service, writes John Stott If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality While Christians have had a long heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful Your Mind Kindle - thinking, some circles still view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith And many non Christians are quick to label Christians as anti intellectual and obscurantist But this need not be so In this classic introduction to Christian Mind Matters: The PDF/EPUB » thinking, John Stott makes a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart. Really good I think I read it many years ago, but listened to it again on audio Really good. This is an excellent little book on the place of the mind in the Christian life Far too many professing Christians have followed a charismatic, mystical emphasis on experience and focused on head heart distinctions to the point we have lost our minds no pun at all intended Stott does an excellent job considering scriptural teaching and practical application Sure, you will find some points of disagreement here and there, but I highly recommend it. Although I am somewhat familiar with the author s work 1 , I was made familiar with this book by the recommendation of a friend of mine The appeal of this very short book, which is the text of a lecture with a couple of forewords, is pretty obvious to me and probably to most of the readers of my reviews Stott defends rationality and intellect from what he sees as a variety of threats of anti intellectualism including the sentimentalism of contemporary culture, the appeals to spiritual exper Although I am somewhat familiar with the author s work 1 , I was made familiar with this book by the recommendation of a friend of mine The appeal of this very short book, which is the text of a lecture with a couple of forewords, is pretty obvious to me and probably to most of the readers of my reviews Stott defends rationality and intellect from what he sees as a variety of threats of anti intellectualism including the sentimentalism of contemporary culture, the appeals to spiritual experience of Pentecostals, and the ritualism of Catholicism I m an intellectual Christian, something I don t think I could hide if I tried, and so obviously this book s central idea about the legitimacy of appeals to the mind and the acquisition of knowledge that can be lived and practiced is something that appeals to me greatly It is no wonder to me why this book is considered an IVP classic and it s something I can support without any difficulty whatsoever, not least because the author manages to put his obvious pro intellectual appeal in a balanced worldview that clearly counteracts the defective views of the mind that he criticizes.In a bit less than 90 pages this short book consists of four chapters The author opens with a discussion of mindless Christianity, where he criticizes the lack of active intellect and the shallowness of faith that much of what passes for Christianity demonstrates 1 This is the place where the reader is going to know whether they place themselves among those who have a great deal of respect and regard for the mind or whether they are among those the author is criticizing After this brief discussion the author spendstime looking at why it is necessary for believers to use their minds 2 in a demonstration of the importance of the intellect and appeals to the mind in the Bible s approach to evangelism and apologetics Then the author turns to examine the mind in Christian life 3 , in part by contrasting the biblical view with various false views about positive thinking and a faith that is blind that can be common among certain circles within our culture The author then concludes with a discussion of knowledge leading to action by pointing out 4 that the believer is not to acquire knowledge for its own sake but rather knowledge that is lived out in obedience to God.It is ultimately in that balanced discussion of the author s high view of intellect as being the fuel for zeal according to knowledge that God wants in our lives that makes this book ultimately worthwhile The sort of knowledge that God wants from us 2 is not mere intellectual knowledge but rather the knowledge of experience of God s ways, a knowledge that is combined with a commitment to obedience Of course, this obedience requires knowledge but alsothan knowledge alone There are some people who have a great longing to obey God and only need accurate knowledge of what God expects of us to obey There are others who have a great deal of knowledge about what the Bible says and therefore what God wants from us but lack the will and commitment to follow up on that knowledge in action Most people lack both the interest in knowing what God wants and the commitment to following up on that knowledge with obedience Yet this author has clearly laid to believers a challenge that deserves to be taken up in our times of shallow belief and rampant disobedience to the clearly expressed general will of God in scripture 1 See, for example 2 See, for example This book was short, but better than several lengthier versions I have read on the topic John Stott always does an incredible job of covering a ton of ground in his books sermons I have a hard time getting into his books, but they always increase in interest towards the end It is worth sticking with it for his last few pages alone or just skip and read the last chapter My only issue was John addresses arguments against faith and belief He titles one section as Faith Illogical Belief i This book was short, but better than several lengthier versions I have read on the topic John Stott always does an incredible job of covering a ton of ground in his books sermons I have a hard time getting into his books, but they always increase in interest towards the end It is worth sticking with it for his last few pages alone or just skip and read the last chapter My only issue was John addresses arguments against faith and belief He titles one section as Faith Illogical Belief in the Improbable based on a quote by H.L Mencken and addresses several mainstream arguments for a feel good superficial attitude of positive thinking or positive mental attitudes He goes on to argue against these definitions of faith because they are thoughtless and without object there is no object to the faithchokengtitiktitikchokeng 51 Dr Peale recommends as part of his worry breaking formula that first thing every morning before we get up we should say I believe three times, but does not tell us in what we are so confidently and repeatedly to affirm our beliefbelieve what believe whom In my reading, Stott rejects objectless faith and then argues for a seemingly objectless thought To be fair, Stott certainly argues it implicitly with several bible quotes see pages 56 58 , but he fails to define the object of our thought The Word, The Truth, The Christ explicitly This oversight is no different than W Clement Stone s I feel happy, I feel healthy, I feel terrific self confidence faith Without a sure and explicit focus on Christ as the object of our thoughts we may as well chant self assuredly and arrogantly I know I am happy, I know I am healthy, I know I am terrific Stott is spot on with the how and the why the middle and end results of Christian thinking and using our God given minds, but he skips past the what or who the beginning To skip past the beginning is to miss the one who was in the beginning, The Word, The Christ, and by doing so Stott misses the mark, if only slightly Stott argues that Knowledge is essential for faith and that we should invest in our understanding of God, so that we can love God deeper Knowledge is a means to an end, the end of a greater relationship with the Creator He helpfully warns against the dangers of Anti intellectualism, but also reflects on how hyper intellectualism is just as problematic.One should let their knowledge of God drive their love of him and others Not letting it puff them up, void of action.I would give this book Stott argues that Knowledge is essential for faith and that we should invest in our understanding of God, so that we can love God deeper Knowledge is a means to an end, the end of a greater relationship with the Creator He helpfully warns against the dangers of Anti intellectualism, but also reflects on how hyper intellectualism is just as problematic.One should let their knowledge of God drive their love of him and others Not letting it puff them up, void of action.I would give this book a 4.5 5, but I think it is5 than 4, thus I give it a 5.I am still wrestling with the accuracy of the the idea that Stott writes, thattime should be spent of learning than on ministering, he expresses this in the second last chapter However, when we focus so much on ministering to others without growing our on personal relationship with God, we are really doing a disservice to those that we are ministering to I think that Bonhoeffer add s helpful things about Time alone and Time together in his book Life Together I also think of the insight from Brother Yun in his testimony titled The Heavenly Man , where he describes his times in prison as the way God gave him times to restore his personal relationship through Prayer and meditation of scripture which he failed to upkeep during his ministering Is faith irrational Intellectualism something to be avoided Should we look at theology with distaste and distrust NO argues John Stott in this 60 odd page booklet Our minds play a vital role in Christian faith Opinions, indeed, are stronger than armies Knowledge, wisdom, discernment and understanding are foundational to Christian living in worship, faith, holiness and in our service and love to the other A great answer to ritualism, radical ecumenicalism and the emphasis on individual ex Is faith irrational Intellectualism something to be avoided Should we look at theology with distaste and distrust NO argues John Stott in this 60 odd page booklet Our minds play a vital role in Christian faith Opinions, indeed, are stronger than armies Knowledge, wisdom, discernment and understanding are foundational to Christian living in worship, faith, holiness and in our service and love to the other A great answer to ritualism, radical ecumenicalism and the emphasis on individual experience as substitutes for the vital role of teaching, hearing and preaching in knowing God A short read but an important one This is billed as an IVP Classic and the book truly deserves that designation As Stott notes at the end of the book, he seeks to sketch six spheres of Christian living in which the mind plays an essential part Those six areas are Christian worship, faith, holiness, guidance, evangelism, and ministry.Each section is given a concise treatment that leaves the reader with food for thought and enough references to guide one into further study.There s little f A short read but an important one This is billed as an IVP Classic and the book truly deserves that designation As Stott notes at the end of the book, he seeks to sketch six spheres of Christian living in which the mind plays an essential part Those six areas are Christian worship, faith, holiness, guidance, evangelism, and ministry.Each section is given a concise treatment that leaves the reader with food for thought and enough references to guide one into further study.There s little fluff here and that is most appreciated as Stott gets to his points quickly and succinctly Though small in volume this book would still be a great choice for small group study A great summary that emphasizes the mixture of the intellect and emotion in the Christian life My complaint is that it could have been longer, deeper,fleshed out, and thorough I didn t really learn anything new, it just reiterated good points everyone should already know. Good book just find it a little skewed towards the intellectual, which is hard to account for episodes in the bible that requires stepping out prior to total understanding. A must read for every Christian This brief little book is filled with big truths on why Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service Though a quick read, take your time reading it as it s dense with knowledge and not just fluff but don t worry, you don t have to be an academic to enjoy.Originally presented as a lecture in the 1972, John Stott targets biblical principles on the integral places intellect has in the Christian Faith that are just as relevant and compelling today as A must read for every Christian This brief little book is filled with big truths on why Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service Though a quick read, take your time reading it as it s dense with knowledge and not just fluff but don t worry, you don t have to be an academic to enjoy.Originally presented as a lecture in the 1972, John Stott targets biblical principles on the integral places intellect has in the Christian Faith that are just as relevant and compelling today as it would have had back then.Stott calls for balance and understanding when engaging with our mind and spirit in all facets of our lives, particularly in worship to God, as we conform to how God designed us and commands us to live As well as how knowledge and wisdom should be acted on with love and not cold.Stott also draws from a range of resources, along with scripture, to address these 4 elements in this topic 1 Mindless Christianity 2 Why use our minds 3 The mind in the Christian life4 Acting on our knowledgeIt s a great introductory book for any with questions in this area or need help to articulate the key points

Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian
    This guide aims to show you how to download introduction to Christian Mind Matters: The PDF/EPUB » thinking, John Stott makes a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart. Really good I think I read it many years ago, but listened to it again on audio Really good. This is an excellent little book on the place of the mind in the Christian life Far too many professing Christians have followed a charismatic, mystical emphasis on experience and focused on head heart distinctions to the point we have lost our minds no pun at all intended Stott does an excellent job considering scriptural teaching and practical application Sure, you will find some points of disagreement here and there, but I highly recommend it. Although I am somewhat familiar with the author s work 1 , I was made familiar with this book by the recommendation of a friend of mine The appeal of this very short book, which is the text of a lecture with a couple of forewords, is pretty obvious to me and probably to most of the readers of my reviews Stott defends rationality and intellect from what he sees as a variety of threats of anti intellectualism including the sentimentalism of contemporary culture, the appeals to spiritual exper Although I am somewhat familiar with the author s work 1 , I was made familiar with this book by the recommendation of a friend of mine The appeal of this very short book, which is the text of a lecture with a couple of forewords, is pretty obvious to me and probably to most of the readers of my reviews Stott defends rationality and intellect from what he sees as a variety of threats of anti intellectualism including the sentimentalism of contemporary culture, the appeals to spiritual experience of Pentecostals, and the ritualism of Catholicism I m an intellectual Christian, something I don t think I could hide if I tried, and so obviously this book s central idea about the legitimacy of appeals to the mind and the acquisition of knowledge that can be lived and practiced is something that appeals to me greatly It is no wonder to me why this book is considered an IVP classic and it s something I can support without any difficulty whatsoever, not least because the author manages to put his obvious pro intellectual appeal in a balanced worldview that clearly counteracts the defective views of the mind that he criticizes.In a bit less than 90 pages this short book consists of four chapters The author opens with a discussion of mindless Christianity, where he criticizes the lack of active intellect and the shallowness of faith that much of what passes for Christianity demonstrates 1 This is the place where the reader is going to know whether they place themselves among those who have a great deal of respect and regard for the mind or whether they are among those the author is criticizing After this brief discussion the author spendstime looking at why it is necessary for believers to use their minds 2 in a demonstration of the importance of the intellect and appeals to the mind in the Bible s approach to evangelism and apologetics Then the author turns to examine the mind in Christian life 3 , in part by contrasting the biblical view with various false views about positive thinking and a faith that is blind that can be common among certain circles within our culture The author then concludes with a discussion of knowledge leading to action by pointing out 4 that the believer is not to acquire knowledge for its own sake but rather knowledge that is lived out in obedience to God.It is ultimately in that balanced discussion of the author s high view of intellect as being the fuel for zeal according to knowledge that God wants in our lives that makes this book ultimately worthwhile The sort of knowledge that God wants from us 2 is not mere intellectual knowledge but rather the knowledge of experience of God s ways, a knowledge that is combined with a commitment to obedience Of course, this obedience requires knowledge but alsothan knowledge alone There are some people who have a great longing to obey God and only need accurate knowledge of what God expects of us to obey There are others who have a great deal of knowledge about what the Bible says and therefore what God wants from us but lack the will and commitment to follow up on that knowledge in action Most people lack both the interest in knowing what God wants and the commitment to following up on that knowledge with obedience Yet this author has clearly laid to believers a challenge that deserves to be taken up in our times of shallow belief and rampant disobedience to the clearly expressed general will of God in scripture 1 See, for example 2 See, for example This book was short, but better than several lengthier versions I have read on the topic John Stott always does an incredible job of covering a ton of ground in his books sermons I have a hard time getting into his books, but they always increase in interest towards the end It is worth sticking with it for his last few pages alone or just skip and read the last chapter My only issue was John addresses arguments against faith and belief He titles one section as Faith Illogical Belief i This book was short, but better than several lengthier versions I have read on the topic John Stott always does an incredible job of covering a ton of ground in his books sermons I have a hard time getting into his books, but they always increase in interest towards the end It is worth sticking with it for his last few pages alone or just skip and read the last chapter My only issue was John addresses arguments against faith and belief He titles one section as Faith Illogical Belief in the Improbable based on a quote by H.L Mencken and addresses several mainstream arguments for a feel good superficial attitude of positive thinking or positive mental attitudes He goes on to argue against these definitions of faith because they are thoughtless and without object there is no object to the faithchokengtitiktitikchokeng 51 Dr Peale recommends as part of his worry breaking formula that first thing every morning before we get up we should say I believe three times, but does not tell us in what we are so confidently and repeatedly to affirm our beliefbelieve what believe whom In my reading, Stott rejects objectless faith and then argues for a seemingly objectless thought To be fair, Stott certainly argues it implicitly with several bible quotes see pages 56 58 , but he fails to define the object of our thought The Word, The Truth, The Christ explicitly This oversight is no different than W Clement Stone s I feel happy, I feel healthy, I feel terrific self confidence faith Without a sure and explicit focus on Christ as the object of our thoughts we may as well chant self assuredly and arrogantly I know I am happy, I know I am healthy, I know I am terrific Stott is spot on with the how and the why the middle and end results of Christian thinking and using our God given minds, but he skips past the what or who the beginning To skip past the beginning is to miss the one who was in the beginning, The Word, The Christ, and by doing so Stott misses the mark, if only slightly Stott argues that Knowledge is essential for faith and that we should invest in our understanding of God, so that we can love God deeper Knowledge is a means to an end, the end of a greater relationship with the Creator He helpfully warns against the dangers of Anti intellectualism, but also reflects on how hyper intellectualism is just as problematic.One should let their knowledge of God drive their love of him and others Not letting it puff them up, void of action.I would give this book Stott argues that Knowledge is essential for faith and that we should invest in our understanding of God, so that we can love God deeper Knowledge is a means to an end, the end of a greater relationship with the Creator He helpfully warns against the dangers of Anti intellectualism, but also reflects on how hyper intellectualism is just as problematic.One should let their knowledge of God drive their love of him and others Not letting it puff them up, void of action.I would give this book a 4.5 5, but I think it is5 than 4, thus I give it a 5.I am still wrestling with the accuracy of the the idea that Stott writes, thattime should be spent of learning than on ministering, he expresses this in the second last chapter However, when we focus so much on ministering to others without growing our on personal relationship with God, we are really doing a disservice to those that we are ministering to I think that Bonhoeffer add s helpful things about Time alone and Time together in his book Life Together I also think of the insight from Brother Yun in his testimony titled The Heavenly Man , where he describes his times in prison as the way God gave him times to restore his personal relationship through Prayer and meditation of scripture which he failed to upkeep during his ministering Is faith irrational Intellectualism something to be avoided Should we look at theology with distaste and distrust NO argues John Stott in this 60 odd page booklet Our minds play a vital role in Christian faith Opinions, indeed, are stronger than armies Knowledge, wisdom, discernment and understanding are foundational to Christian living in worship, faith, holiness and in our service and love to the other A great answer to ritualism, radical ecumenicalism and the emphasis on individual ex Is faith irrational Intellectualism something to be avoided Should we look at theology with distaste and distrust NO argues John Stott in this 60 odd page booklet Our minds play a vital role in Christian faith Opinions, indeed, are stronger than armies Knowledge, wisdom, discernment and understanding are foundational to Christian living in worship, faith, holiness and in our service and love to the other A great answer to ritualism, radical ecumenicalism and the emphasis on individual experience as substitutes for the vital role of teaching, hearing and preaching in knowing God A short read but an important one This is billed as an IVP Classic and the book truly deserves that designation As Stott notes at the end of the book, he seeks to sketch six spheres of Christian living in which the mind plays an essential part Those six areas are Christian worship, faith, holiness, guidance, evangelism, and ministry.Each section is given a concise treatment that leaves the reader with food for thought and enough references to guide one into further study.There s little f A short read but an important one This is billed as an IVP Classic and the book truly deserves that designation As Stott notes at the end of the book, he seeks to sketch six spheres of Christian living in which the mind plays an essential part Those six areas are Christian worship, faith, holiness, guidance, evangelism, and ministry.Each section is given a concise treatment that leaves the reader with food for thought and enough references to guide one into further study.There s little fluff here and that is most appreciated as Stott gets to his points quickly and succinctly Though small in volume this book would still be a great choice for small group study A great summary that emphasizes the mixture of the intellect and emotion in the Christian life My complaint is that it could have been longer, deeper,fleshed out, and thorough I didn t really learn anything new, it just reiterated good points everyone should already know. Good book just find it a little skewed towards the intellectual, which is hard to account for episodes in the bible that requires stepping out prior to total understanding. A must read for every Christian This brief little book is filled with big truths on why Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service Though a quick read, take your time reading it as it s dense with knowledge and not just fluff but don t worry, you don t have to be an academic to enjoy.Originally presented as a lecture in the 1972, John Stott targets biblical principles on the integral places intellect has in the Christian Faith that are just as relevant and compelling today as A must read for every Christian This brief little book is filled with big truths on why Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service Though a quick read, take your time reading it as it s dense with knowledge and not just fluff but don t worry, you don t have to be an academic to enjoy.Originally presented as a lecture in the 1972, John Stott targets biblical principles on the integral places intellect has in the Christian Faith that are just as relevant and compelling today as it would have had back then.Stott calls for balance and understanding when engaging with our mind and spirit in all facets of our lives, particularly in worship to God, as we conform to how God designed us and commands us to live As well as how knowledge and wisdom should be acted on with love and not cold.Stott also draws from a range of resources, along with scripture, to address these 4 elements in this topic 1 Mindless Christianity 2 Why use our minds 3 The mind in the Christian life4 Acting on our knowledgeIt s a great introductory book for any with questions in this area or need help to articulate the key points "/>
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  • 91 pages
  • Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life
  • John R.W. Stott
  • English
  • 07 February 2017
  • 0830834087