David Brooks On Creating ‘Ramps’

By scottsauls | October 16, 2014

In last week’s post, instead of sharing my own reflections on this or that, I shared a few thoughts from a talk given by New York Times columnist David Brooks about how not to engage the secular world as Christians. This week, I would like to share another excerpt from Brooks’ same speech, but that looks at the same thing from a different angle. […]

How Not To Engage The Secular World

By scottsauls | October 8, 2014

Recently, a friend recommended an extraordinarily insightful transcript to me from a talk given by New York Times columnist David Brooks on how the ‘Christian world’ can engage the ‘secular world’ (the full transcript can be accessed here). This week and next, I am going to feature two excerpts from Brooks’ magnificent speech. Today, the focus will be […]

The Gospel vs. Moral Autonomy

By scottsauls | October 2, 2014

Today, I want to consider the contrast between the Gospel and self-actualization or moral autonomy — the idea that being a law unto ourselves is the key to freedom and happiness. The Gospel liberates us from moralism and the restlessness, insecurity, and distorted relationship patterns that moralism creates. But it does more than merely liberate us from moralism. […]