Christian conversation

Lesson 8: Conversation and Dialogue

Lesson 8: Conversation and Dialogue

We have come to the last of the five reoccurring themes that I found when hastily rereading the documents of Vatican II. Although my intention was simply to refresh my memory, I was pleasantly surprised to find the five could serve as the framework for a modern Christian narrative. Each addresses our present societal problems […]

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Lesson 3: The Servant Church

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Lesson 2: Christian Conversation

Lesson 2: Christian Conversation

Perhaps I got ahead of myself last week. I spoke of the need for a new Christian narrative in our technological society and suggested that Vatican II offers us groundwork for developing one. Incidental to that, I observed that I feel the narratives by which Lutherans and Roman Catholics have identified and understood themselves for […]

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Lesson 16: Truth and Virtual Reality

Lesson 16: Truth and Virtual Reality

Looking back over this series, I realize how much I was compelled to continue, because the news every last morning provided a new set of lies spewed out by public officials to whom we had given our trust. That compulsion also was fired by the large number of people who repeatedly told me this disregard […]

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Lesson 9: Tradition

Lesson 9: Tradition

My life has paralleled the growth of the modern Evangelical movement. I heard the canned introduction of so many of their spokespersons so many times, I would mouth it as they began their pitch. “I am not educated, but I know what the Bible says…” From their point of view, the Bible is God’s voice […]

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Lesson 47: Conversation in the Community

Lesson 47: Conversation in the Community

I hope you remembered we are trying to make a list of ways the church might foster creative conversation, I can not report on our progress until next week as I am on vacation. However, let me offer some of my experiences. The first that pops to mind are the High School and Young Adult […]

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Lesson 46: Conversation in the Community

Lesson 46: Conversation in the Community

Yesterday I worshiped at a Greek Orthodox Cathedral. I left elated having heard a fine sermon and participated in a beautiful liturgy. However, as the day progressed, I became more and more melancholy. When I reflected on why this was, my thoughts went back to the worship that I came to see as the epitome […]

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Lesson 44: Conversation as Discernment

Lesson 44: Conversation as Discernment

As Bob makes clear it is easier to make conversation around the meal a symbol than to implement it as an activity in any large gathering of the Church. However, I still think it deserves to be considered in our time. The Bible presents Christianity as an ongoing conversation between God and his people. God […]

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Lesson 43:  Conversation as Discernment

Lesson 43: Conversation as Discernment

My observation that Christian conversation and especially that which takes place around the communion table might be the most helpful way to discern God’s Word drew a number of responses. All of them expressed hope for this kind of creative conversation, but also disappointment that it is not happening. Myron observed, “Most of the “conversation” […]

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