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A Rocklike Tradition

The Christian mind has high aspirations.

The Christian Mind

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3.14

The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“Men are less prepared than they were to stub their toes against unpalatable objective truth, to measure their littleness against high objective values, to discipline themselves for a test of strength in rigorous objective examination. This is because a secular tradition has now fully established itself which teaches that man’s fulfillment and success lie, not in screwing himself up to the demands of a high vocation, but in moulding all that he encounters in service of his needs…Were there a living Christian mind, encountered at every point as the thinking of our age hammers itself out in conversation, discussion group, lecture room, radio interview, and private study, then the situation would be more hopeful: for young men and women everywhere would find their easy assumptions bruised against the sharp edges of a rocklike tradition.”

I recall a conversation with a well-known Christian leader who, when the matter of spiritual disciplines came up, scoffed at the idea as “legalistic.” His approach to Scripture was to get what he needed for the day or task ahead, and then to plow his field as fully as possible and as long as needed, until the next task arose. The idea of regularly striving, through daily disciplines, to achieve an out-of-this-world standard of righteousness, truth, and love simply did not exist for this man. His approach to truth was – and remains, I’m convinced – that it is a tool in his kit to apply as needed to whatever the situation may require. Truth for this man is something to use, not something to become. Which means that Jesus is someone to use, for whatever high-sounding purpose we may choose, and not someone to become, or at least to become like. Truth is what we make it, not what makes us, according to this Christian view of “truth.” But this is not the teaching of that rocklike tradition that goes back to the apostles, prophets, and our Lord Jesus Himself.

How do you equip the people in your church to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”?

Your Life as Christ Sees It

“As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you” (Jn. 20.21). That’s how Jesus thinks about our lives. Our Mission Partners Outreach program is designed as a life-based training curriculum, to help church members identify and begin thinking about and working their Personal Mission Fields for the purpose of making disciples and advancing Christ’s Kingdom. I’m looking for some men to lead through this training program, and to help you see how our Mission Partners Outreach programcan help your church overcome its failure to communicate. If you’re interested, drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Prayer and the Christian Mind
Prayer is the framework in which a Christian mind is engaged and nurtured. Here we commune with the Lord Who makes all things new, including our minds. Are you working to improve your prayer life? Download our free ReVision series on The Parameters of Prayer by clicking here(for the first installment). Get with a friend, or share this study with your group, and grow together in prayer, for a Christian mind and more.

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from
The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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