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By Rev. Sarah Chivington-Buck
First Presbyterian Church 

Our knowable, unknowable God


It’s easy to have preconceived notions about people, and not really see them. We do it all the time. In fact, our brains are wired to make quick assessments of people and situations for our safety. How someone is dressed may determine whether we smile or avert our eyes. The color of a person’s skin or their accent can lead us to jump to conclusions about what he or she is like.

We also do it with people we know very well. We assume that we know their thoughts and motives. At this point we stop actually seeing the person, and instead are seeing our idea of him or her. Then we are not fr...

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