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True Self vs. False Self

What is our True Self, Really?

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Interesting 2009 – To Thine Own Self Be True by Roo Reynolds

Over the past several years, I’ve been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical.  I certainly haven’t abandoned my faith.  If anything, it has strengthened.  I don’t put much stock in labels but I describe myself now, more as “Post-Evangelical” and have moved away from formal association with institutional churches.  I still attend occasionally, and I maintain fellowship with many people still in institutional churches, but it is no longer the center of where I find my identity and practice my walk with Jesus Christ.

One of the primary themes that has made a difference in my life, is the realization that I’ve been engaged with a “False Self” rather than my “True Self.”  I’ve used the phrase in the past “Emotional Integrity” to describe this.  The terms being used here are relatively new and based perhaps in psychology, but the idea is hardly new.  Christian tradition has held from the earliest time that there is a “new man” as opposed to the “old man” that comes to pass or is revealed in us when we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, and begin to accept who God says we are rather than who we have believed ourselves to be.  I believe that this actually ties very strongly in the New Testament to what Paul describes as “the flesh” which he constantly contrasts against who we really are in Christ.

These are Resources that Have Helped Me

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Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Review of Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk, by Bart Breen

Did Abraham Lincoln Suffer Clinical Depression?

Lincoln’s melancholy has been referred to for years and glossed over attributing it to an unhappy marriage, loss of a child, stress of leadership and momentous times and any number of reasons.

Looking back on Lincoln through the lens of today’s better, though by no means complete biologic understanding of depression does 2 things that make this a very worthwhile read.

Lincoln’s Humanity is Captured

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Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy

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A Review of Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy, by Bart Breen Pretty Much What You'd Expect Larry the Cable Guy is a pretty known quantity. He's a redneck stereotype, who specializes in fart and poop jokes and comes off looking like a rube. That … [Continue reading]

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

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A Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, by Bart Breen Conglomeration of Articles Freakonomics states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded … [Continue reading]

Complaining vs Speaking Out

Complaining?

Is all Criticism Complaining? One of the things I ran across during my 20 years of ministry as a Pastor, District Worker and Church Administrator was what I now refer to as the "Gag Rule" in many churches where it's considered taboo to speak up or … [Continue reading]

Top 5 September 2014

Top 5 Posts in September at Bart's Barometer

Top 5 at Bart’s Barometer September 2014 Top 5 for September I had a few lulls in my posting in September due to some family travels, but it was still encouraging to see the interaction and interest for the articles I did get up.  I am … [Continue reading]

Toxic Church – Changing the Followers

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The Key to Change Lies with Followers, not Leaders In two previous articles, HERE and HERE, I've focused on some of the dynamics that are at work in Toxic Churches and Organizations.  Toxic Church, as I define it, is any church where the ultimate … [Continue reading]

Chess Openings by I.A. Horowitz

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Book Review of Chess Openings by I. A. Horowitz, by Bart Breen One of the Best Opening Books Available … [Continue reading]

Thoughts From Eckhart Tolle

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Can Eckhart Tolle be reconciled with the Teachings of Christ? Accept -- then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will … [Continue reading]

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Review of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, by Bart Breen Why Would a Former Evangelical Pastor Like this Book? Often, for a review to be meaningful, it helps to know where the reviewer is coming from in their own point of view. By most … [Continue reading]

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