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Which library will you read from today?

This is so true.

This week as you prepare for your weekend services… which library will you read from?

As you deal with your staff and your congregation… which library will you read from?

Theological debates are fun.  I love them.  But when they begin to define your ministry or your personality, they’re all of a sudden not so fun.

Can you debate without getting angry?

Can you have a theological discussion and come away feeling ok with sometimes disagreeing on the non-essentials?

HT:  NakedPastor

 



5 Responses to “ “Which library will you read from today?”

  1. Leonard says:

    Great visual Todd. Not pointed at you but certainly for all of us who post blogs, which library will we blog from? Which library will we use to filter peoples words?

  2. Pastor Rick says:

    In the highest ideal, our disagreements drive us to dig deeper, to find out if our first stance is based on the truth or not. They provide a valuable check to help us stay in balance. Fury and defensiveness cloud our judgment and demonstrate childishness, not faith or wisdom. It’s hard to be “wise as serpents, harmless as doves”, but it’s worth it to try.

  3. Pastor_Shane says:

    personally, I admire those that have the energy to haggle & disagree about every little detail that annoys them. I struggle to find the time & engergy to get into every home asking for counseling, every hospital bed than is asking for prayer, every Bible Study needing leadership, every sermon that needs…. you get the idea…
    I relish coming up for a breath of fresh air and spending some positive time in Christian fellowship with a “co-laborer” (if there is such a word).
    Don’t get me wrong, I will fight the fights that need fighting but I won’t die on every hill I come to.
    F.Y.I. LOVE your site.
    I look forward to it each Monday morning. Keep up the good work.

  4. Peter says:

    Most of what I’m reading these days is I think, coming from that little library on top… but when it comes to viewing interesting videos on the internet, the stuff in that bottom library is way more fun…

  5. Lee Gunter says:

    In some part I disagree with you. Though in most part, including it being a heart felt sentiment of my own, I fully agree. Allow me to explain.

    When handling truth,especially important truth of which none is more so than the knowledge of God, we constantly discover errors and falsehoods being taught. Almost always derived from a place of disagreement but also frequently coming from a place of unhealthy agreeableness. When we encounter such things, we should call them out and present the truth. The letters of Paul are a perfect example. Also, disagreement presents the “iron sharpening iron” relationships we are called to embrace. Still yet, presentation of a alternative versus simple agreement makes for a much more interesting presentation. Even when writing a story, something must grind against the smooth flow of.events to make the story interesting, captivating or even believable. Also, it should be pointed out that almost all of the most admired theological minds of our time have a distinction to their ministry and teaching that defines them apart from the whole. The disagreement, as it were, defines them.

    But we for the most part get it all wrong. We make a challenge of ideas into a challenge of individuals and their worth or integrity. At the end of a disagreement brothers should put their contentions aside (if they have not in fact been resolved), take pleasure in the mental exercise afforded them by the argument and embrace the truths that make us brothers. The art of disagreeing yet loving is.almost wholly lost. Thus worthy calls to arms (or disarms, as it were) such as yours.

    That was way longer than I.meant it to be… :-/

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