seven deadly sins

A Not So Very Good Morning

Which was Actually a Quite Good Morning in the End

C.S. Lewis quote, pride, love, humility

It was this past Monday morning. On Monday morning I work on the chapter in Jesus Encounters: Embracing the Life of Christ. This week it was on the subject of humility and pride. Ouch. Boy was I convicted. What makes this at least a little ironic is that I wrote the material! I researched it. Thought about it. Wrote it. Edited it. Edited it some more. Now I was doing the work of spiritually engaging it. 

Envy: The Sin We Can't Talk About

The Really Ugly Sin!
As if they are all not really ugly... but this one is really, really yucky. Which is why we never talk about it. Which is why we rarely make progress in it. As Dennis Okholm shows us in Dangerous Passions Deadly Sins, the ancients had penetrated deeply into the nature of this deadly vice. Here are some scattered statements from chapter six, Envy: The Silent Killer.

1.  Aquinas: Envy is a kind of sorrow for another's good that the envier perceives to be harmful to her or him self.

2.  Envy is grieving over another's good when it seems to lessen the envier's own good name.

6 Signs of Gluttony

Every year Becky and I take a vacation around our anniversary. We like to go to the beach. It is off season, rates are lower, the crowds are small. It is easy to enjoy fine dining at our favorite restaurants.

Becky and I are also avid readers and love to read on the beach. This year, two of the books Becky read were on healthy living and good diet. She would read out loud from time to time the things she found helpful from the book.

Both books are written from the perspective that VAST numbers of North Americans are seriously unhealthy and we are doing daily damage to our bodies with our bad diets. Becky typically orders salads when we go out to eat! Me...I go for the good stuff.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins
In his extraordinarily insightful book, Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learnng from the Psychology of Ancient Monks, Dennis Okholm has done a great service, especially for those called to roles of ministry and leadership.

Gluttony
Lust
Greed
Anger
Envy
Sloth
Vainglory

Dangerous Passions Deadly Sins Learning From the Psychology of the Ancient MonksThese are the dangerous passions that beset all of humanity, but which are additionally destructive when they are manifest in the lives of those called to places and positions of influencing others.

The Sin of Envy

"We prefer a king we can see, and the one staring back at us from our bathroom mirror seems like a fine candidate"  Jeff Cook

I have been drawn to the "Seven Deadly Sins" lately.  I guess drawn is not really an accurate word.  It is more like a painful realization that I am impacted by those sins everyday, almost hourly or more.  It is a revelation that is continuing to invade my soul.  This quote is a good one.  How many times have I done this? Maybe I haven't used these words but the intention was there, the attitude is clearly there and it takes me to bad places. 

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