Posts Tagged "Argument Culture"


Us vs Them BrainStorm (Week 1)


Posted By on Feb 12, 2020

https://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast-player/3767/us-vs-them-brainstorm-week-1.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 00:44:57Subscribe: iTunesOur discussion of “The Church of Us vs Them” is off to a good start. Listen in  and let us know your thoughts. You can also watch the video (including the slides) over here https://vermonthillsumc.org/us-vs-them-brainstorm/ Join the conversation. Comment below or...

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Here is a short encouragement that I shared with a seminary class recently. Be brave. Be bold. Be daring. … it probably won’t work anyway. The systems is so powerful and so dominating that it can absorb, adapt to, and even appropriate any protest or critique. Parables, by the way, are not earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Parables are earthy stories with heavy meaning. Parables come in underneath your radar when your...

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Disagreeing Well


Posted By on Sep 19, 2018

I had the opportunity to be on the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit In Shape. My interview is Ep. 43 called Disagreeing Well. It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree...

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Civility or Resistance


Posted By on Aug 16, 2018

Last week on the Peacing It All Together podcast, Randy and I talked about ‘the call for civility’. Next week at the church’s pub-chat, the topic is the same. Randy and I came up with 3 ideas about this and I want to reflect on them here. First, it is important in ‘The Argument Culture’ (as Deborah Tannen famously called it) that we don’t prioritize policing people’s tone or vocabulary. Yes, we don’t want to inflame the situation and...

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