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Modern Reformation Conversations--Practically Pulled

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Having spent most of my life in school, taking notes has become an almost pathological habit of mine--it doesn't matter if I'm at a lecture, morning worship, in a classroom, or an informal talk; if someone is speaking in an official capacity, out comes the notebook and pen.  The result is a nicely organized outline and a mind utterly unburdened with any remembrance of what was just said.  I get so pre-occupied with my understanding of what the speaker is saying, that I completely ignore what it is he's saying--I'm not receiving; I'm appropriating.  There's nothing necessarily wrong with that--I want to understand what I hear--but if I become so focused on comprehending that I stop listening, that's a problem.

According to certain authors, I'm not the only one who does this--Americans in general are especially prone to focusing on what we can get out of a thing, rather than understanding the thing in itself.  It turns out that there's an explanation for this--we sat down with White Horse Inn producer Shane Rosenthal and asked him why it is that we're so drawn toward the active life, and got some very interesting answers.


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  • Hi Shane,
    Thanks for that, being a New Zealander and living in a democracy I find culture here similar in some respects. We, I think, have gone further down the secular road and the message is therefore of some urgency that we in our "holy huddle" stop preaching so much of a "therapeutic" message and really ask how we can address the issues of our day. We are- like the disciples of old- still asking if "it is because we have taken no bread" when Jesus spoke of the leaven of the pharisees. We have forgotten that Jesus is the Logos, the reasoned and reasoning Word. We need to make room in our lives for a lot more thinking and then there may be real therapeutic value in what we do.

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  • Guest - John Malechek

    I am in very good agreement with you. I have to work very hard to achieve a deeper reflective life. It is a constant battle. I have to say no to alot of other things. I won't give up as I cherish the thinking I can do. I am more superficial than I want to admit but I don't like it. We swim against the current all the time and critical thinking goes hand in hand with the thoughtful life.

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  • Guest - Ginger

    I am glad to see more and more attention paid to the study of attention.
    I just finished listening to a lecture form T David Gordon on Attention.

    You may have already listened but I post the link, I think that you would certainly appreciate it.

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  • I am a senior (84) and leve in a senior community and thoroughly enjoy and am Blessed by MR and the INN. Wish I could contribute. thanks I am in Atlanta, GA USA

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