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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Class Summary for Nov. 17

Today in class we discussed three major themes, how can a church balance evangelism and social justice, how can the church speak of sin and righteousness in a world sick of hearing about them, and leadership which focuses on deeper emotions instead of what is on the surface.
Of all of these, the final one was the most interesting. The idea that most problems are not intrinsically evil but are simply our emotions either running scared or running amok is a great shift in the thinking behind both sides of most arguments. If leaders and churches will focus on keeping their emotions in check and making sure they feel safe even though they "walk through the shadow of death" churches can become a great place for respectful dialogue, peaceful negotiations and reconciliation.