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  • Jason shared from a Personal Document
    Our challenge in the post-Christian world is not so much to prove that Christianity is true as to show that it has meaning, that it is not gibberish. Unless people see that Christian terminology actually makes sense and is not a foreign language, they are unlikely to care whether it is also true. And what is needed is not just dictionary definitions or brief illustrations, but an immersive story in which aspects of the Christian life can take hold in a person's imagination.
    Note: This has huge implications for preaching, discipleship, counseling…
  • Jason shared from Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson M.D.
    From the biblical narrative, we know that God has loved us—travailing, celebrating, wooing, suffering, dying, and being raised again—over time, using various methods and tactics. But his ultimate intent, to bring us from birth to adulthood as a human race, much as we do with our own children, has never changed. If you feel overwhelmed with how long it seems to be taking your child to mature, God knows exactly how you feel.
    Note: Ha, so true :)
  • Jason shared from Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson M.D.
    Rules do serve the greater good by supporting personal and social structure. Yet we must take care against being so caught up with being “right” that we lose focus on what it means to be loving. It can be easy to mistakenly equate the two.
    Note: Good, good, good....seriously good.
  • Jason shared from Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson M.D.
    if your lower brain indicates that you are experiencing certain sensations or feelings that you find unpleasant, you may choose to ignore them. This may cause you to dismiss emotional states to which you really should attend or ignore what your deepest inner self is trying to tell you. In fact, when you dis-integrate in this way, you may be ignoring what God is trying to tell you, running from parts of you that he wants to heal and parts of him that he longs to have known by you.
    Note: Wowza. I've seen this first hand in me and others! Lord, have your way in us!!!
  • Jason shared from Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson M.D.
    The third, and last to develop, part of the brain, the neocortex or neomammalian brain, is the spongelike, wrinkled layer of the central nervous system that is involved with our higher complex social, cognitive/linguistic, abstract, creative, sensory, and motor abilities. The region of the neocortex that uniquely sets us apart as humans is the anterior, or front part of the brain, known as the prefrontal cortex, or PFC (see The Human Brain diagram); this is positioned just ahead of the strip of neurons that control motor behavior. In the PFC, the energy of the mind interacts with information of...
    Note: This is the wisdom of prov 24:3-4 and the rhetorical phase of the trivium (classical learning).