Tag Archives: Communication

Shock Value: A Communications Tip from Jesus

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Jesus was a master communicator and a highly influential figure.  One of his favorite techniques was unpredictability; it got attention, incited questions, challenged prevailing interpretations of Scripture and invited conversations. Unpredictably… Gabriel visited a teenager and announced, Mary, you’re going to give birth to the Son … Continue reading

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The Best of Twelve Books in Twelve Weeks

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So far this year, to my delight, I’ve moved twelve books from my extensive list of “books to read” to my annual record of “books I’ve read.” Here are some of the best of my eclectic selections. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty … Continue reading

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Bubble-ology

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Bubble-ology : the recognition and analysis of spheres containing uniform philosophical, ideological and/or theological thought (from Judy’s dictionary of hypothetical words:). How often do you seek perspectives from sources outside of your bubble? Every individual looks at life through the lens of his or her unique life experiences and … Continue reading

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The Hegemony of Religion

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You want to know what “hegemony” means, don’t you?  It’s a useful term in today’s environment, and you’ll understand why if you keep reading. A Texas blogger recently wrote an essay called Why I Raise My Children Without God for CNN’s iReport.  As of this writing … Continue reading

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Knowing God…Selectively?

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People tend to hear what they want to hear and ignore or forget what they don’t want to hear.  Have you noticed that?  Say to a child, “We’ll get ice cream after you clean your room,” and what will she hear?  … Continue reading

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Black Hole Brains

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A black hole is a “region of spacetime from which nothing, not even light, can escape.”  I always thought that was an excellent description of an adolescent mind.  It certainly often applied to the adolescents who grew up in my house. Light, information, … Continue reading

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Scuba gear or jet skis?

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“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.”  So says Nicholas Carr in his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Pens to Pixels

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How do you say Merry Christmas to your family and friends?  With pens or pixels?  Does it matter? If you sign a traditional card that comes out of a box with your actual hand using old-fashioned ink, bless you, for personally … Continue reading

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Just Connecting

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Sometimes I get so caught up with intellectual dot-connecting that I don’t pay much attention to how much I learn from personal connections.  I view personal interactions as important, enjoyable, and just plain fun.  Well, most of them anyway.  They are also … Continue reading

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Cubs, Sox and Stereotypes

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My husband and I have a mixed marriage. I am lifelong Cubs fan. He thinks Cubs fans are more interested in partying and talking on their cell phones than in actually appreciating the game of baseball. After all, who goes … Continue reading

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