Texts: Deutermonomy 26:1-11; Luke 4:1-13
11 million data points.
A week and a half ago I was up in Elkhart, Indiana. I was attending the Pastors and Leaders event at the Mennonite seminary where I graduated – AMBS. One of the speakers was Dr. David Anderson Hooker. He’s a core faculty member at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
The topic was systemic racism and the church’s response. Part of his talk touched on how we unconsciously classify and categorize people, right when we see or hear them, with race as a primary construct.
The best research out there, Dr Anderson Hooker noted, the best research we have to date suggests that at any given moment there are about 11 million data points within a person’s field of perception. 11 million.
So, the feel of your big toe in your sock, that’s a data point. Your sock rubbing up against your shoe, that’s a data point. The feel of your breath exhaling out of your nose, and the way it passes over your upper lip. Data points. The air temperature. The sound of my voice. The sound of a seat mate shifting on the...