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Jerod Clark

Last month, we had a little conversation about comment quality here in the Think Christian community.  First off, I want to say thanks for all of the great discussion the past month and a half.  I feel like the commenting has been good and thoughtful.

As promised, we want to feature a handful of comments that we felt stood out.

From the post This Post About Overconfidence Will Definitely Be Excellent

Sandra25 wrote:

I would choose “certainty” or “assurance” rather than “overconfidence” to describe one’s solid faith in God. Overconfidence has a negative connotation (it reeks of “self”), and it seems to be such a “human” trait, as we often become overconfident in ourselves and in our own abilities—even in our ability to believe or to have faith. We forget that faith is a gift from God. Confidence has nothing to do with our own ability to attain a certain level of belief or faith; rather, it has everything to do with walking humbly with God, trusting God, and allowing Him to strengthen our faith as He proves Himself faithful to us again and again. It is impossible to be overconfident in a God who can do anything. Unfortunately, it is quite possible to be overconfident in our own ability to believe that God can do anything. (What happens when things don’t go the way we thought they would?) When we misplace the foundation for our faith, we get into trouble.

From the post'Mad Men' and Christian Career Choices

Rick wrote:

I made the Mad Men career choice. After college I went to work as an art director in an ad agency in 1977. Even as an art director I wore a tie, sportcoat and slacks every day to work. Today it is really rare to see anyone in the ad industry wearing a tie. Even in new business pitches I rarely see a client with a tie. De rigeur is blue jeans. It was an honor to finally be invited to morning coffee at the Red Coach with the president and account executives. Only men were allowed. Account executives were expected to wine and dine clients, drink at lunch and go for drinks at five. Fortunately, the creative department did not have to participate in those liver challenging male bonding rituals, we were considered weird. The problem that creatives had to deal with was the pressure to be profane, to try to get away with sexually suggestive, profane or scatological references in ads. There were a few Christians in the business and we would meet occasionally for Bible study and prayer.

One of the most committed Christians I know was the creative director for the biggest agency in town. He was also charismatic or pentecostal and once laid hands on the president of his agency for physical healing. And he was! He gave his car away once to a woman who had none. Wow! He had a lot of respect in the creative community just for being so out there, so compassionate, consistent and committed.

Today we have several ad agency owners who are Christians. The creatives have inherited the power in the ad agencies, (the geek shall inherit the earth) and women are equals. It’s a different world now with tighter budgets and less tolerance for empty suits and ritual drinking bouts. The key is to be honest, not hypocritical and open about what you believe. At agency celebrations I join the group for drinks but stop at one or two. And now as a creative director and agency president, I steer creative people away from exploitative, profane and sexually suggestive advertising.

From the post The Less of Us

Jimmme wrote:

Maybe the best way we can see how much we're growing is by observing how much we die to self.

When we measure activity or knowledge it seems that we are saying "what have I done?" I know it sounds trite to say we should be asking, "what has God done through us?"; but that is what it's all about. The problem I have with some of the Spiritual Formation material is that it can become "me" centered; things I 'do'.

I'm currently reading the little book, "Let Go" by the 17th century Archbishop of Cambrai, France -- Francois Fenelon. It's about dying to self. It's very good, but what a challenge for we who are so immersed in our "me" culture. As I think about how I can die to self, even that puffs me up.

From the post Does God Want You to be Thin?

Melayton wrote:

I suppose it depends on how it's done - like you, I'm ambivalent.

I have seen weight loss accountability groups kind of like Weight Watchers but with the added bonus of being spiritually aware. Kind of like how the AA groups will talk about their higher power and use that in their recovery, but from a more specifically Christian perspective. My mum was in such a group for a while and she not only got to a much healthier weight so she can do more things (which is good IMO), but also has a healthier approach to eating and diet and all that (which is better IMO). So such groups work for some people, and if they do, that's a good thing.

But does God only love thin people? No. Does God want us all to be physically healthy? Probably yes, but that doesn't mean fitting into what our culture says a good body size is (which usually means thin).

As a thank you, all of these folks will be getting a limited edition Think Christian journal where they can log all of their great thoughts.  Or they can just doodle.  User's choice.

How about you?  Were there any comments, other than your own, that you really liked lately?

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