Episode 30: Be Careful What You Ask For

Ever have a hard time saying no? Feel like you’re spinning your wheels? Wonder what the point of praying is? Kris talks about Jesus’ advice in Matthew 7:6-12 to seek and discern what is best, and give your best to that. Shoutouts to Annie Dillard, brain science, Mike McHargue (Science Mike) and Mark Yaconelli along the way.

The full Annie Dillard quote says, “Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? … On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. ” You can find the whole book here: Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard

Check out the other books Kris references in the show for more on contemplation, prayer, and one man’s exploration of how science and faith inform one another:

Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli

Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue

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