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Your Mind Matters To God #3: A Mind Devoted To God

By: Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.

November 3, 2019

“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing…” (1 Timothy 6:3-4, ESV). “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene…” (2 Timothy 2:16-17, ESV). “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23, ESV).


We need to learn to love God with our minds as well as our hearts. In The Christian Mind: How Should A Christian Think, Harry Blamires said, “A Christian mind is a mind trained, informed, and equipped to handle the data of secular controversy within a framework of reference which is constructed of Christian presuppositions.” Repenting of cultural Christianity means more than just being sorry that Christians don’t think through their faith nearly enough. It means we must turn such thought activity around and begin to examine everything, and I mean everything, based on biblical understanding, principles and precepts.


However, loving God with all our mind is not merely a principle operating in the background of what we do. How we do logic, for instance, is just as important to Jesus as what propositions we choose to examine and under what presuppositions. Logicians may choose to debate this, saying logical procedures are “neutral” and “unbiased,” but we can dishonor God or honor God through how we use logic to justify or condemn what we choose.


As you engage in the practice of healthcare, remember that your mind is part of you. And loving God with all your mind involves all of you—your heart, your emotions, your will, your soul and body. Consequently, the Bible sees human opposition to what God wants as a mental as well as a moral problem. The apostle Paul warns young Timothy to avoid discussions about nothing and to dismiss vain speculations and so-called philosophical trails which lead nowhere. What do you have to accept or dismiss as part of loving God with all your mind in healthcare?

About Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.

In addition to his M.Div. and Th.M. (systematic theology) work, H. Carl Shank has been a youth, associate, solo, staff, executive and lead pastor in over forty years of church ministry, pastoring beginning and established congregations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New York state. His passion for leadership development has resulted in mentoring numerous pastors, teaching in a number of local Bible institutes as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member of The King’s College, and training InterVarsity leaders on the East Coast. Carl has been regularly sought out for his acknowledged gifts of discernment and wisdom in dealing with church issues. He had been serving as the Executive Pastor of a church in Lancaster, PA, as well as a church health consultant through NCDAmerica. He is recently retired. Besides numerous seminars and church related articles, his twenty-three published leadership and Bible study contributions include studies on the Psalms, Esther, Jonah, Nehemiah, The Ten Commandments for Today, The Beatitudes of Jesus, the Pastoral Letters, Thessalonians, the Seven Churches of Revelation, all available from his website and Lulu Press, Amazon and other booksellers.

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