I will never forget sitting in the company of a preacher while I was in Bible College. This preacher railed against Science and technology. He viewed them as vehement enemies of the Kingdom of God. He firmly believed that any sort of connection between Science and The Bible was a lie.
Growing up in a Spirit-led church community, I often heard arguments against “those churches who plan and prepare their services.” It was believed that those who use their human minds to plan Church services were “not allowing God’s Spirit to lead them.” The assumption, of course, was that God is not interested in the human brain and any suggestion that God would speak ahead of time to lead a pastor as to what He wanted to do in a particular service was just not probable.
Although I am a FULL believer in the commands of God to have “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16) and to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2), I think to dismiss any value of our human brain which was created by God in all of its complexity – would be a huge mistake. God created us with a brain for a reason. It was not to rely on human wisdom alone. But, it was to be led by the Spirit to use the brain and all of its catecholamines, action potentials, and neuroplasticity for HIS glory!
Throughout history, there have been incredible minds that have intersected the study of God’s creation with the study of the scriptures:
- St. Thomas Aquinas and his work regarding Aristotle and the formulation of natural law
- Francis Bacon, the founder of the scientific method
- Albert Einstein (though not a Christian, stated, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
The fact is, “God gave us a brain not just because our body needed a command and control center to direct it but because God enjoys seeing us steward our brains for his glory.” (Dr. Charles Stone, Brain Savvy Leaders).
Why is understanding the human brain so important?
1. What goes on in our minds can cause us to stumble.
“But he turned to Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.'” – Matthew 16:23
2. We are to love God with our minds.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.” – Matthew 23:37
3. Our spiritual battle largely occurs in our minds.
“But I see a different law at work in my body. It wages a war against the law of my mind and takes me prisoner with the law of sin that is in my body.” – Romans 7:23
4. Spirituality engages the mind.
“If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind isn’t productive. What should I do? I’ll pray in the Spirit, but I’ll pray with my mind too; I’ll sing a psalm in the Spirit, but I’ll sing the psalm with my mind too.” – 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
5. We’re to purposefully focus our minds’ attention on certain things, and attention is a core component of learning. In other words, thinking affects behavior.
“Think about the things above and not the things on earth.” – Colossians 3:2
“From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8
This is why I have enjoyed reading the book, “Brain Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry.” Dr. Stone began his interest in the human brain when his daughter, Tiffany, developed a brain tumor. As he began to see the human brain for what it is – a fantastic creation by our Heavenly Father that is to be used by human beings for His glory – he embarked on a journey of deeper understanding of what it means to be a good steward of this powerful human organ.
Here is what several leading voices are saying about this book:
“Brain Savvy Leaders is the best book I have read on the brain science of healthy thinking and effective leadership. Dr. Stone has done an incredible job of balancing modern brain science with biblical truth, making complex ideas simple to understand, and providing practical tools to enhance mental performance.” – Dr. Timothy R. Jennings, President, Tennessee Psychiatric Association
“This book will help you with emotional regulation, personal productivity, team collaboration, and change management. It’s a winner!” – Dan Reiland, Author of Amplified Leadership
“Brain Savvy Leaders shares helpful tips on how to master leadership in the church. I needed this book.” – Ron Edmondson, Senior Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, KY
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for those who want to gain a better understanding between the Science of the human brain and its Divine purpose!
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