Dear Healed by Wounds,
Last night I had dinner with one of my coworkers. He is a practicing Hindu and, as you know, I am a practicing Christian. Eager to show that I knew something about Hinduism, I asked him how he could worship hundreds of millions of gods? Like, how did he know which god to pray to at any given moment?
He surprised me by saying he is part of a Bhakti sect of Hinduism and is devoted to his own personal god—which may or may not include many different manifestations, depending on where his journey takes him. While I sat there trying to work it all out, my friend asked me if it is true that I am part of a tribe of cannibals since I eat Jesus’ flesh and drink Jesus’ blood during communion at church. Whaaaat?!
—Saved by Grace
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Would it have been funny if I had simply answered with the word “Yes” and published this article? While “Yes” may be a good and accurate answer to this question, it wouldn’t make for a very interesting read. On the other hand, it may end up being more interesting than what I end up writing! Only time and the reader—hi Mom!—will tell.
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Previously I asked the question, “What are they teaching you?”. My goal was getting us to think about who—or what—our teachers are and to pay close attention to what we are learning from them. I briefly touched on what might make a good teacher. Today I’d like to delve deeper into that topic, this time writing specifically about human teachers.
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Have you ever noticed how asking a question is a great way to start a conversation? If your answer is “no”, then have you ever noticed how saying “no” is a great way to end a conversation? If your answer is “no” again, have you ever even had a conversation?!
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Dear Healed by Wounds,
Last night I tried to share the gospel with a college friend. The conversation started out well. My friend was interested to find out that I am a Christian and started asking me some questions about why I believe Christianity is true. But at some point in the conversation, my friend started getting visibly upset and challenged my answers. She said my answers were trite and that I acted like a know-it-all who didn’t care about other people’s opinions. I came away feeling like I offended her and now I’m really discouraged! I never even made it to the gospel. What can I do?
–Saved by Grace Continue reading “Tips for Having Grace-filled Conversations”