The disciples’ myside bias

The disciples’ myside bias

Like a radar system that only detects enemy planes while ignoring friendlies, our minds tend to pick up information that supports what we already believe and ignores the rest. This is called confirmation, or myside bias. It’s the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms our preexisting beliefs, […]

How did the disciples miss this

How did the disciples miss this

Twenty-three times Jesus made direct or indirect reference to his death and resurrection. And yet, the disciples never understood what he was talking about. Once, after he told them he would die and be raised from the dead, the disciples “discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ might mean” (P. 146 The Jesus Story). But they […]

Something to ponder

Something to ponder

Jesus said, “My words are both Spirit and life” (John 6:63). He didn’t say my words point to Spirit and life. Nor did he say, my words teach about Spirit and life. Jesus said, “My words are Spirit and life.” Profound statement. Profound thought. Here’s how I see it. The words of Jesus express the […]

What if it doesn’t work?

What if it doesn’t work?

It’s easy to read the Gospels and conclude we should only follow Jesus when he teaches and disciples.  Not when he heals and casts out demons. After all, what if we pray for healing and it doesn’t work? Or, what if we try to evict a demon and it doesn’t work? I think those are […]