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Can emptiness be unlearned? I was raised in a Christian home. And no, I’m not about to tell you how I “outgrew” it or “evolved” past it. But I went through a season of depression that exposed the truth. Deep down I thought God hated me. This podcast is a documentation of the years I’ve spent unlearning half truths and digging for deeper ones. It’s a podcast about the journey out of Victimhood, Cowardice & Self Obsession and into; The Good, The True, & The Beautiful.
 
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What happens when a society no longer values standards?Modernity believes killing ideals will increase the value of the ordinary. The truth however, is that; without Perfect there is no Decent. “Every ideal is a judge.” -Jordan Peterson Dive deeper: Little Places & The Recovery of Civilization by Eva Brann https://theimaginativeconservative.org/202…
 
Under every vice is a need. Under every moment of self sabotage is a longing. The longer we pretend it isn’t there, the longer we draw out the pain. Today on Not A Victim, how do we get past the beliefs that hold up the walls of our isolation so we might begin to see with new eyes? “I know too muchI think I know my way around,Too smart to feel a he…
 
Today we explore the stupidity of “Happy Nihilism” then dive into an excerpt from “The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis “That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete.” -Willa CatherCheck out my articles! https://zachrudolph.substack.com/p/the-necessity-and-impotence-of-fame?justPublished=trueSources: https://www.google.com/amp/s/paulvan…
 
What props up our anxiety? What lies are going undetected? Do we quietly believe that we are responsible for everyone and everything? Today we get into moral OCD, shame, and the way out. “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is opportunities to trust.” -Mother TeresaMore on Moral OCD: https://www.accounseling.org/religious-and-moral-scr…
 
In a world without God, all that’s left to do is “amuse ourselves to death”. In his novels, Walker Percy described the boredom and anxiety of a society who; having left its beliefs in higher things, wanders from pleasure to pleasure looking for fulfillment. Today on Not A Victim, we look at the state of the modern mind and how God can still save us…
 
After all our talking, all our singing, what happens to the world when; deep down religious people are just as panicked and filled with the fears of the day as the society around us? What does that say about what we truly believe?If your faith doesn’t protect you from the fear of life, what good is it? Fear is a punishment. Is the death of body the…
 
“The true test of a man, the beginning of his redemption, actually starts when he can no longer rely on what he’s used all his life. The real journey begins when the false self fails.” -John EldredgeThis is a recent conversation between my dad and I about the epidemic of male loneliness, the importance of integrity, and how to find meaning in it al…
 
Modernity is Fractured. Our beliefs are fractured, our minds are fractured, & our daily lives leave us feeling disconnected. As the social fabric disintegrates, we pull inward, where (we think) it’s safe. But this separation has its own cost. Rather than experiencing life as one part of a bigger plan, We become trapped as the gods of the tiny world…
 
Why do we feel so numb? Is there a connection between the pace of modern life and our feeling of numbness? What false conception of humanity holds it up? Should we not be happier than those that came before us, given our many conveniences? Why do we feel so distant? Today on Not A Victim.“The more machines begin to act like men, the more men begin …
 
Temptation plays on our weakness. It tells us we’re nothing. It tangles us in webs of lies and traps us in cycles of self destruction. But what’s it’s antidote? Beyond just saying no, how do we dig down to the roots of where it’s grown and rip it out of our lives?What needs have we ignored that make it’s pull so strong? What dreams did we let die? …
 
Do you ever feel like there’s always commentary running in the back of your head and no matter what you can’t turn it off? So much of my life has been ruined by an inability to experience things. Scripture says “Today I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”We may think th…
 
Someone once said “You can judge the depth of a spirituality by the beauty of the art it produces.” What does this say about the depth of modern Christianity? Have we quietly given into the materialist belief that matter is all there is? If our ability to imagine all of life within a Christian framework dies, our ability to defend it will die with …
 
How should Christians treat other religions? What about people who are born into other traditions? What happens to them? If we’re not saved by works why do they ultimately matter? What is the nature of hell?Some people take things at face value. Some need every piece to fit. For better or worse, I find myself in the latter.With C.S. Lewis and Catho…
 
Do you ever feel trapped in your head? Do you find that part of you is bent on self destruction? Today on #NotAVictimPodcast we get into the 4 false beliefs that keep us stuck.Sources: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-philosophers-diaries/202006/the-dark-side-perfectionism?collection=1160778https://paulsohn.org/the-search-for-significanc…
 
Are cops really hunting down blacks for sport? Is gender whatever we decide? Is “social justice” really just? Today’s world is constantly asking us to believe things we know to be false. As we enter a post-Christian society, we’re once again experimenting with the age old question, “Can we make man in our own image?” As Alexandr Solzhenitsyn stated…
 
Is morality natural? Is it practiced? Today we get into the three aspects of Christian morality and how it overlaps with evolutionary or “emergent” morality. Sources: https://youtu.be/BVrLqpt0APohttps://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=mere+christianity&qid=1619180818&sprefix=mere+christ&sr=8…
 
In my opinion, People today show depression too much respect. They act like it can’t be understood and it can’t be beat. I disagree.Today we look into 3 things that cause depression and what we might do to leave it behind.For a deeper look at this topic check out Johann Hari’s excellent book “Lost Connections.” https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Connectio…
 
This week my wife joins me to discuss a few thoughts on how to meet your spouse and what to do while you wait! As a teenager I found a book which interviewed 1,000 young women and just told what they wanted in a guy. I read it 4 times and got three friends to read it. I wouldn’t be married without this book. If you want better luck in the dating wo…
 
Perhaps no issue divides Christianity as deeply today as Homosexuality and the Bible. Both sides make good points but no progress is ever made. Today on #NotAVictimPodcast we explore how both arguments are laced with self protection and cowardice; in the hopes that, through courage we might find the truer, kinder heart within the most important boo…
 
“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” -C.S. LewisEver feel stuck in a mental rut? Where you feel split; as if, part of you wants to heal but some other part wants to keep you there? Today on #NotAVictimPodcast we discuss a few strategies to unravel compulsive thinking. “This day I…
 
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Since it’s founding, Christianity has dominated American culture. And although that’s brought us many amazing things, One unintended side effect is that it created laziness. Muscles that aren’t used atrophy.Christians dominated and they no longer had any need to be ruthlessly rigorous, tireless…
 
“I don’t know what I’m looking for when I look at my phone but I’ve never found it.” -Pete Holmes Sources:“Get Your Life Back” by John Eldredgehttps://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Life-Back-Practices-ebook/dp/B07TD1856B/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=get+your+life+back+john+eldredge&qid=1611010619&sprefix=get+your+life+&sr=8-3How social media copies g…
 
The gods of the age say “live your truth” since there’s really no such thing.The gods of the age say you’re going to die meaningless you may as well do it young.The gods of the age say our history holds nothing to be proud of and there’s ultimately nowhere to go.The gods of the age say division is unity and unity is oppression. The gods of the age …
 
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