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Dialogue, take two

[DISCLAIMER:] I’m an idiot, and I’m a little embarrassed.

I recently wrote a post on this blog about dialogue in our political system, and how we seem to have lost the knack for it as a culture. I went pretty hard after our current crop of candidates for clownish behavior, and trying to score a rhetorical knockout instead of actually debating the merits of their positions.

The sad irony is that my post was extraordinarily¬†ill-considered, and for a variety of reasons. First off, it crossed the line into being crass – I basically did exactly what I was saying I didn’t like about this election cycle. Second, I didn’t consider my audience – I wouldn’t say things¬†the way I said them to anybody that I know in person. Thirdly, I didn’t consider my platform – 3a is that I’m a pastor, responsible for shepherding people’s spiritual growth; and 3b is that this blog is called “The Pursuit of God,” for goodness’ sake, and my previous post didn’t do anything to pursue God or lead others in that direction.

So, for all of those reasons, I apologize.

I’d like to try again, because I do feel strongly about the importance of being able to hold a civil dialogue. And I do believe that it’s an important skill if you want to pursue God in a deeper way. Read the rest of this entry

Some More Election Perspective

Well, it’s over. For now. At least, the main part of it is over… There will be all the arguing and re-counting and (potentially) lawsuits over the close races for weeks still to come. I’m riveted, honestly…

As is typical of elections in our country, it was just about all you could find on the news yesterday. All day… There were anchors keeping tabs on the exit polls, pundits providing (mostly meaningless and repetitive) commentary and analysis, interviews, special graphics, blah, blah, blah, on and on and on. Read the rest of this entry

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