John Van Sloten
June 13, 2013
Man, I love this kind of stuff! I'm totally sharing! :-)
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
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.
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.
John - Love this series and am glad we got to chat in CA this May. Keep up the amazing work!
Thanks for the encouraging note Sarah. (I miss CA about now!)
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