What’s Wrong with the Way We Communicate?

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Michael Stark

I had the opportunity to get away from Denver for a few days and travel. Part of my journey was some quiet time of reading and reflection along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. I was able to unplug a bit, which was needed. There seems to be so much yelling amongst communities nowadays, and I reflected on that a bit.

In many Christian circles there is a despondence between the belief about religious faith and the manner in which we speak about God. As the prominent Protestant claim goes, salvation is not based on action, but on faith alone. Good action – morally approved behavior – should be the result, not the source, of salvation. I have no qualms about the theological claim here. What is concerning, however, is our language about God and our subsequent behaviors. That is to say, there is a disconnection with our view of…

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