The human brain is an astounding organ that coordinates all of our intellectual, sensing, and nervous functions. It also stores our mental frames—the term we’ve been using during this series to summarize the collection of presuppositions and preconceived notions that point our thoughts in a particular direction before we even think of them. Our mental frames can lock us into patterns and ruts of thinking, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck with the same thinking for life. Because of the brain’s plasticity, it’s possible to experience renewed thinking.
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap-up their Ready, Set, Think! series with a conversation about the way our brains can grow and change. And this is good news considering the frustration we can feel about our knee-jerk reactions and negative thought patterns. Because the way we think affects how we engage with our neighbors and cultivate grace in the world, Erin and Hannah passionately argue for Christians to explore the heart-level undercurrents that affect us unaware. Is it possible to experience that renewed mind referred to Romans 12? How does this transformation happen? Is there hope for renewed thinking?
Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.
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Episode 162 Resources & Links
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Your Future Self Will Thank You by Drew Dyck
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