“These passages teach that God’s acceptance, presence, love, and salvation are openly and freely given to all on a radically equal basis, no exceptions. While our social psychology makes it difficult (if not ultimately impossible) for us to do the same, it seems an ideal worth striving for with all our might as disciples of God.”
“Jesus seems to me to be saying: sure, structure and hierarchy can be useful, but how about we spend our time focusing on loving and serving others instead of arguing over who gets to call the shots.” #dailyoffice
is it possible to seek to advance our political and social goals in a way that does not “interfere with the free exchange of love” and remembers that those we disagree with “have their own history to deal with”? What might this look like in practice? #dailyoffice
What stands out to me here is how calm Jesus seems to be, even to the point of being slightly annoyed with his friends for freaking out about the storm. To use psychology terms, he was able to suppress his amygdala anxiety threat response which allowed his prefrontal cortex to stay online and deal with the situation with all his “thinking cylinders” firing.
It is often a painful experience to live authentically when it puts us at odds with our friends and family. Our brains have evolved to organize almost all of our thoughts and behavior through group identities and group cohesion. … This is part of the reason why our communities are not thrilled if we decide to chart a new course with our lives.” #dailyoffice
“This process will of course very likely not lead me to the Absolute Truth on any particular question, but I’m persuaded that it is more likely to lead me closer to the Truth than will accepting the version proffered me by any one authoritative source of truth individually.”