28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he
Daily office commentary, John 3:34-36; the extravagant, lavish love of God
“God’s love is extravagant and lavish; those that receive it “get in on everything.” God’s love is poured out infinitely and inclusively upon all.” #dailyoffice
Daily office commentary, Mark 4:35-38; calmness of mind in stressful situations
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.
Daily office commentary, Mark 4:3-32; the generous abundance of the Kingdom
Many theological stories and images may lead one to think that God is “stingy,” withholding blessings and love on conditions of righteousness, behavioral rectitude, and moral purity, Here, though, Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is just the opposite.
Daily office commentary, Mark 2:18-22; don’t lose sight of the bigger picture
“The minute that we start focusing more on the rituals and traditions themselves instead of what they point to, we’ve lost sight of the bigger picture.”
What I value from my traditionalist religious upbringing
“While I developed many unhealthy pathologies growing up in a conservative religious community, I also had many opportunities and experiences that I am incredibly grateful for.”