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Biblical Enneagram Types: NINES

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The Peacemaker

Enneagram Type Nines are typically known as the Peacemakers. Nines have the uncanny ability to see everyone's point of view at once and can join in either side of a debate. However, they usually choose to withdraw from the debate altogether because they want to avoid conflict and anything that might upset their calm.

Nines sit atop the Enneagram for a reason. It's not unusual for a Nine to have difficulty finding their type since they can relate to so many other numbers. They can understand the drive of the Three, the desire to be helpful of a Two, the skepticism of a Six, and the protectiveness of an Eight all at once.

This can be a good thing or a very bad thing. Healthy Nines make excellent mediators, able to bring two conflicting sides to the table and find common ground between them. Unhealthy Nines, however, can be crippled by the conflicting viewpoints and simply shut down, withdrawing into themselves and their own little world. If a Nine doesn't want…

Response: "The Problem with Those 9 Personality Types"

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I love the Complexly production company and the work they do producing free, informative, entertaining content with the purpose of educating the general public on a broad range of issues. They produce the YouTube channels "SciShow" and the spin offs "SciShow Space" and "SciShow Psych." I'm a subscriber and regular viewer of these channels. I really dig what they're trying to do.

On February 21, though, they released a video challenging the claims of the Enneagram. You know I can't just let that one slide. Haha

I watched it yesterday, and I actually agree with most of what's said. However, I don't think they quite understand what the Enneagram system does and what it's really about. Here's the video. Watch it, and then I'll give some comments on it below.



First of all, the scenario she opened with is not what the Enneagram is about. You should NEVER use someone's Type to shame them or call them out on something. I've…

That Time Jesus Called a Woman a Dog

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No, that's not a click-bait title. That's what actually happened in one of the stranger stories in Mark. Check it out:
Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
(Mark 7:24-27) Some things to note about this woman: 1) She was not a Jew - strike one. Jews intentionally separated themselves from the rest of the nations, being unwilling to even speak or dine with them. 2) She was a woman - strike two. Women simply did not have the same rights as men in that culture. They ate separately, worshiped separately,…

Biblical Enneagram Types: EIGHTS

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THE CHALLENGER

Enneagram type Eights get a bad rap. I think they are treated more unfairly than any other type when teachers are explaining the types for the first time. People seem to be more judgmental and harsher toward Eights than they are empathetic and caring. Maybe it's because they think Eights can handle it. Maybe it's because they just don't understand them fully. Maybe it's because they meet perceived aggression with aggression.

I try my best not to do this. I happen to be married to an Eight, and I love her dearly. It's unfair to paint an overblown caricature of her or any other Eight as overly hostile and aggressive and mean. Any Enneagram type can be hostile or aggressive or mean or angry or bitter - not just Eights. And often, the anger and aggression of an Eight comes from a holier place than from other types.

Let me explain.

Eights are commonly known as "The Challenger." They have a deep seated need to be against. They do tend to be more …

That Time the Disciples Thought They Saw a Ghost

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I don't know if you've noticed, but the gospel writers seem to be very intentional with how they frame and order their stories about Jesus. I'm not saying they embellished or made any of them up. But the stories often seem to be grouped together for a purpose. They are definitely trying to make a point.

In Mark 6 we read two stories back to back that I had never connected until recently. Mark 6:30-44 tells the "Feeding of the 5,000" and 6:45-56 tells about Jesus' walking on the water. The miraculous feeding is one of the few stories told in all four gospels, and Jesus walking on water is one of the few stories recorded by Mark, Matthew, and John but not Luke.

So what I'm saying is that these stories are a big deal. They are important, and we should pay attention.

Jesus and his disciples were out in the middle of nowhere with a huge crowd. Thousands had gathered to hear Jesus teach and maybe witness a miracle. (Side note: putting all the accounts together …

You Can't Go Home

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Do you remember this Bon Jovi song?
Who says you can't go home? There's only one place they call me one of their own Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone Who says you can't go home? Who says you can't go back? I been all around the world and as a matter of fact There's only one place left I wanna go Who says you can't go home? It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
I don't know that I agree with Jon. I think there comes a point when "home" doesn't feel like home anymore. I moved to Columbia, TN, in 1998, when I was entering 5th grade. I went away to college at Harding University in 2007. It was my home for about 9 years. It hasn't been my home for just as long now.
It's weird going "home." My parents still live there. A lot of my classmates are still there. My best friends from high school are still around there. But it's not home.
I've always been able to relate to the sto…

Biblical Enneagram Types: SEVENS

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Everyone needs a Seven in their life. Sevens bring a joie de vivre that is hard for some other types to come by. Sevens are commonly known as Enthusiasts, and they can be the most joyful, energetic, and optimistic people you know. I think one of the best portrayals of a Seven in recent pop culture is the character "Joy" from Inside Out. Take everything you know about a Seven, and it applies to her exactly. If you've never seen that movie, I HIGHLY recommend it. Just bring the tissues.

Enthusiasts live for the next adventure. The keyword is next. Sevens have difficulty living in the present. They are very future-oriented by nature. They live off that dopamine rush of expectation and anticipation. Sevens love planning events but can have trouble enjoying the event. They love ordering products online, but are always a little let down when it arrives. The problem with living this way is that Sevens develop a "more is better" mentality that can lead to serious commi…