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You Are What You Love

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Scott Daniels

on 4 October 2017

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Transcript of You Are What You Love

What do
you want?

Our wants and desires
are at the core of identity

Homo Sapiens
Every mode of discipleship
has an implicit theory of
human nature

Biblical model is
more holistically.


“You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Humans are made by and for relationship to God.
To be human is to move toward something.
The location or center of the person is the heart (kardia) – the heart is the fulcrum.
It functions like a magnet that draws us toward what we love.
The only right ordered love or desire is in God.

Pascal’s Wager:
“You have to wager. It is not up to you, you are already committed.” You can’t not bet your life on something. You can’t not be headed somewhere.
Key: If you are what you love and if love is a virtue, then love is a habit. This means that our most fundamental orientation to the world - the longings and desires that orient us toward some version of the good life - is shaped and configured by imitation and practice.
Various cultural practices become
"Pedagogies of Desire"
- not because
they are lectures that inform us, but
because they are rituals that form
and direct our affections.
In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship - be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles - is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.
If you worship money and things - if they are where you tap real meaning in life - then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already - it's been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story.
The trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. Worship power - you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart - you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
The insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful; it is that they are
. They are default settings. They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing. (pp. 23-24)
Cultural Liturgies
What if you don't
love what you
think you love?
Thick and Thin
Unaware of Rival
"What's water?"
Liturgy of the Mall
Forms Matter
The Formative Wisdom of
Historic Christian Worship
Narrative Arc of Worship:
Baptism and
Family Idolization
Children and
Immersive Worship
Sticky Faith
Christian Education
as Formation
Remembering in a
World of Change
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