What I’m Crunching — February 4, 2024

Book I’m Reading

For several months, I’ve been mulling over the connection between the phrase “renewing of your mind” in Romans 12:2 and what scientific studies demonstrate are the best practical ways to retrain your brain. I’ve been looking into several resources about retraining the brain.

Obviously, Paul had in mind the spiritual element of rewiring our minds and thought processes by saturation with the truths of Scripture. But God has designed the human brain to respond to stimuli, form patterns, and require less effort to live in those patterns. That’s one reason why bad habits bring damage when practiced over time and good habits bring flourishing!

From the Goodreads summary:

“For too many of us, our ways of thinking become habits that we don’t bother to question, and mental laziness leads us to prefer the ease of old routines to the difficulty of new ones. We fail to update the beliefs we formed in the past for the challenges we face in the present. But in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking.

New evidence shows us that as a mindset and a skillset, rethinking can be taught and Grant explains how to develop the necessary qualities to do it.”

Article I’m Reading

Reflections on the Evangelical Fracturing, Ten Years In (Jake Meador)

AI Anthology – A collection of essays on the future of AI (Eric Horvitz) <– So far I’ve only read the introduction, but this collection promises several hours of thought-provoking reading.

Podcasts I’m Listening To

Speaking of rethinking — WOW! This series is shaping up to be one of the best from BibleProject so far. It’s allowing me to see Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in a new light.

Tweets I’m Reading

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