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Stress and God’s built-in neuro-sabbath

John Van Sloten

Esther Aspling
June 13, 2013

Man, I love this kind of stuff! I'm totally sharing! :-)

http://forthisisthetime.com/

John Van Sloten
June 13, 2013

So do I Esther. This all got started for us via an ecclesiastical intervention by the Templeton foundation. I was invited to join a Regent College Cosmos cohort and there first considered preaching science as text. Then we got a $30k grant to preach five faith/science sermons last year. If you want more, here's the fruit of these efforts - http://www.newhopechurch.ca/page.php?pgid=ministrypage&itemid=1039

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
June 13, 2013

The pessimistic/narcissistic among us will, of course, ask: 'Then why am I still so stressed?' The flip side of this bio-parable speaks to the insidiousness of original sin: God created us, down to our very neurons, to adapt to stress, yet sin has warped things - biologically and culturally - in opposition to His perfect system. So in a way this discovery is a glimpse into the Garden of Eden: how things are supposed to work.

John Van Sloten
June 13, 2013

I think this parable also highlights the fact that things could be a lot worse Josh. It's very difficult to account for, or measure, how much worse things could be in any situation. Often I think that there's as big an evidence of grace in what's unseen/held-back in this regard. And if you consider this truth, then there is solace in times of stress - at least for me. Even though things are not perfect, knowing that God is present in the holding-back of sin is a great comfort.

Sarah Roels
October 9, 2013

John - Love this series and am glad we got to chat in CA this May. Keep up the amazing work!

John Van Sloten
October 9, 2013

Thanks for the encouraging note Sarah. (I miss CA about now!)

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