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Have Coffee With a Radical: The Value of Listening to People We Disagree With
If we’re only hearing from people who think like us, we're missing out on a lot. Politically, theologically and relationally.

The church needs more Gamaliels. Leaders who will speak their mind and allow for all voices to be heard in pursuit of a deeper truth than the one I can see so far.

Don’t Silence the Whisperers

Unfortunately, there are a lot of good, smart, even wise people who remain quiet. They’ve been bullied into silence.

And that may be the biggest loss of all. We’ve shut down the voices that whisper instead of yelling. The voices of simple wisdom.

We’ve shut down the voices that whisper instead of yelling. The voices of simple wisdom.

We need voices that are deep, not just extreme.

Voices that challenge our presuppositions instead of just affirming our conclusions.

Voices that call us to think bigger and act better.

Voices who, like Jesus, refuse to take the political or theological bait, but elevate the conversation to a higher place.

Keep the Conversation Alive

I believe most people want that. They want to hear other ideas and have civil conversations.

So here’s what I plan to do, no matter how loudly the “turn off the other side” voices become.

  • I will stand for the truth while looking for greater truth.
  • I will keep expressing my opinions as wisely and respectfully as I can. Sometimes getting it right. Sometimes getting it wrong. Usually with a mix of both.
  • I will listen respectfully to ideas that seem crazy at first.
  • I will be open to changing my mind when new information comes in.
  • I will challenge all presuppositions by the light of scripture. Including my own.
  • I will not be silenced by those who want to shout others down.
  • I will keep learning.
  • I will keep growing.

And I will keep loving those who disagree with me.

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November 18, 2016 at 2:17 AM

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