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Wednesday What-Not, fuel for your curiosity: the conscience, Getting Things Done, C. S. Lewis on humor, and the Three Acts of the Mind
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Four Ways to Have a Bad Conscience, A Theological List
   1. No guilt over sin (a hardened conscience). 
   2. Guilt over no sin (we sometimes call this "shame"). 
   3. A conscience falsely comforted (self-justification).
   4. Guilt over sin (this is a "working conscience", but without the Gospel).


Getting Things Done, a Recommendation
"Your mind is for having ideas, not holding ideas." That's the particularly helpful premise of David Allen's book Getting Things Done (GTD). If your mind is fuzzy, go get the book (Amazon) or Google "GTD" and start poking around (wikipedia, lifehacker summary). If you don't need it, you don't need it. But if you do, this will help. 


Quotation to consider: C. S. Lewis on Humor
We've been talking a lot about humor. Lewis warns of the abuse of humor through the mind of the demon Screwtape.

 Humour is for them the all-consoling and (mark this) the all-excusing, grace of life. Hence it is invaluable as a means of destroying shame. If a man simply lets others pay for him, he is "mean"; if he boasts of it in a jocular manner and twits his fellows with having been scored off, he is no longer "mean" but a comical fellow. Mere cowardice is shameful; cowardice boasted of with humorous exaggerations and grotesque gestures can passed off as funny. Cruelty is shameful - unless the cruel man can represent it as a practical joke. A thousand bawdy, or even blasphemous, jokes do not help towards a man's damnation so much as his discovery that almost anything he wants to do can be done, not only without the disapproval but with the admiration of his fellows, if only it can get itself treated as a Joke. And this temptation can be almost entirely hidden from your patient by that English seriousness about Humour. Any suggestion that there might be too much of it can be represented to him as "Puritanical" or as betraying a "lack of humour".



Three Acts of the Mind with Pr Jason Braaten
You'll like this, a 2.5 minute introduction to the basic building blocks of thought...

(If you like the intersection of theology and philosophy, you'll enjoy the "Ten Master Metaphors of Philosophy series I did with Dr. Gregory Schulz.)
 
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Hannah and I will be at the Fort Collins Higher Things conference next week. If you're there, please say hello. (I'll be teaching on the conscience if that's interesting to you.)

It really is an honor to have your attention for these few minutes every week. Please keep in touch. And if your every kicking around Aurora, CO, make sure to stop in and visit Hope Lutheran Church

Lord's Blessings, 
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller



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“The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye. . . . The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. —J. Bronowski”
-quoted by David Allen in "Getting Things Done"
 
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