Playing Valheim With The Boys

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Playing Valheim

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show – Playing Valheim With The Boys

Let’s talk about playing Valheim – the new Viking survival game I have been enjoying with my sons and an assortment of friends and family.

We have learned some important life lessons so far. Team work, strategic thinking skills, and how to fell trees without them dropping on your head – it’s all here, folks.

The graphics may not be anything to write home about. As many have pointed out, the game has a very Minecraft feel to it where textures are concerned. But the map to explore is huge and randomly generated. The score is relaxing and appropriately themed. And the lighting effects and scope of vision are downright breathtaking sometimes. Not only that, but the building, crafting, and requisite resource collection mechanics are deeply satisfying and engaging.

Also, more broadly, how do we think about videogames and computer games? As I have argued before, play can be more than entertainment. If we choose to utilize them this way, playing videogames can be an excellent medium for learning. But we have to be intentional and strategic about what games we play, as well as how and why we play them.

Listen to this episode of The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show to hear all about it.

Jeremiah Burroughs and The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

The grass is nowhere greener than when we submit ourselves humbly and completely to the plans and purposes of Almighty God. Even just in the title of Jeremiah Burroughs 1648 work, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, we are told that contentment for the Christian is precious and valuable, and that it is uncommon. For my part, reading through this book took five months, nearly to the day, and inspired a great deal of reflection and meditation on what my attitude toward setbacks, disappointments, and trials says about my heart towards God and what I believe about God.  There is a great deal of merit to the questions Burroughs asks throughout this work. Am I more fixed on my afflictions or the mercies God shows me? Do I trust that God is holy, wise, good, and gracious toward me, and do I believe God's grace is sufficient for me? Whether the topic is poor health, professional setbacks, economic woes, political turmoil, conflict with people, or uncertainty about what the immediate future holds, I found in reading this book that I have not before grasped the extent to which contentment is closely related to my faith in the character and promises of the Lord. Yet even in the closing remarks Burroughs leaves off with, in some of the final lines of the book he admits that it is easier to preach about contentment than it is to fully grasp and understand contentment. And that, along with assurances we have in God's Word that he gives more grace and his strength is shown perfectly in our weakness, is a great comfort. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Christian, husband to a darling wife, and father to seven children - I enjoy pipe-smoking, playing strategy games on my computer, listening to audio books, and writing. When I'm not asking you questions out loud, I'm endlessly asking myself silent questions in my head. I believe in God's grace, hard work, love, patience, contemplation, and courage.