Daily Gleanings: Creating (18 December 2019)

Michael Hyatt has a brief, helpful discussion of differences in mindset between successful and unsuccessful creatives.

In biblical studies, we might not tend to self-identify as creatives. Certainly biblical scholarship involves a different kind of thing than novel writing, painting, or the like. But it definitely does require its own kind of imagination.

A few of Hyatt’s most salient points are that successful creatives “take responsibility,” “work hard,” “demonstrate grit,” and “remain humble.”

For the balance of Hyatt’s discussion, see his original post.

See also Steven Pressfield’s War of Art.

Daily Gleanings: Writing (17 December 2019)

Emmanuel Nataf outlines several concrete practices to develop in order to foster consistent writing.

Emmanuel comments,

It is almost universally acknowledged that anyone who can procrastinate on a project, will find a way to procrastinate.… This can be especially true for any writer working to their own self-imposed deadlines. But as all prolificwriters will know, the secret to working up the motivation and concentration isn’t some enigmatic, inaccessible well of inner strength. Instead, success lies in consistency and consistency requires knowing what comprises a productive routine.

Emmanuel’s particular recommendations are to:

  1. Start with a head-clearing ritual.
  2. Define your own pomodoros.
  3. Alternate between fun stuff and grunt work.
  4. Double down on productivity apps.
  5. Save research for another time.
  6. Schedule something for the end of the day.
  7. Leave off in the middle of an idea.

For Emmanuel’s discussion of these points, see his original post on the Freedom blog.

Daily Gleanings: Paul (16 December 2019)

In one of his final posts, (the now late) Larry Hurtado reviews Archibald Hunter’s Paul and His Predecessors.

Hurtado summarizes,

Hunter’s thesis was that, although the Apostle Paul was an innovative and impressive thinker and defender of his mission, he was also heavily indebted to “those who were in Christ” before him. Hunter conducted several investigations of Pauline texts to demonstrate this, and he did so persuasively in my view.

As early as 2004, the full text of the revised 1961 edition of Hunter’s volume was made available on Internet Archive by the Universal Library Project.

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Daily Gleanings: Saying No (13 December 2019)

Michael Hyatt suggests five reasons to cultivate the skill of gracefully saying no, lest:

  1. Other peoples’ priorities will take precedence over ours.
  2. Mere acquaintances—people we barely know!—will crowd out time with family and close friends.
  3. We will not have the time we need for rest and recovery.
  4. We will end up frustrated and stressed.
  5. We won’t be able to say yes to the really important things.

Of course, saying “no” doesn’t need to use (and often is best without) that precise word. For a number of helpful templates that can help you say no gracefully see Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, ch. 11.

For further discussion, see also “Inside ‘Yes’ is ‘No.'”

Daily Gleanings: German (12 December 2019)

Now a good five years in the making Alan Ng and Sarah Korpi, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have made openly available online a grammar that

guides a learner who has no previous German experience to gain the ability to accurately understand formal written German prose, aided only by a comprehensive dictionary.

Even for those who might not use the grammar in conjunction with the German coursework offered through UW-Madison, it may prove a helpful and accessible reference.

HT: Ben Blackwell