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  1. Erunner says:

    Michael, When I’ve listened to this song my mind wanders to this place and what you are seeking to achieve. It speaks to so much that is discussed here.

  2. Michael says:

    Erunner…amen and thank you.

  3. filbertz says:

    whether it is ‘prudent’ or wise, you have spoken well. I’m lying low primarily because it often seems pointless to share opinion, perspective, insight, or even my experience because it falls on deaf ears. Relationship has taken a back seat to arguments and dissention. There can be no fellowship without respect & engagement–both listening and speaking. Love, the hallmark of our faith, doesn’t insist on its own way. I’m trying to learn how to do this away from the screen since real people in real time create real learning. Back to lurking–enjoy the Friday & weekend.

  4. Michael says:

    fil,

    That was gold.
    We need more gold.

  5. Paige says:

    Amen. “We are not being informed, we are being manipulated.”

    Proverbs 17 27 “He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent…..”

    not that you are a fool, no way, no how….In fact, you have a GIFT of speaking profoundly in uncovering falsehood.

    ” Where there are many words, transgression is unavoidable” Pro 10:19

    In the immortal words of my dear friend Linda, “Opinions are like arm pits. Everyone has a couple”….. I’ll stick with that and hold my peace in most situations.

  6. Paige says:

    Erunner and Phil, amen and amen.

  7. The Dude says:

    Sadly in our in house disagreements.. humility seems to get pushed out the door….

  8. Disillusioned says:

    It is a tragedy when those who have put themselves in positions of ‘shepherd’ use invective and manipulation to keep their fleeting man-made kingdoms.
    What is worse is seeing men who call themselves Christian leaders stand by and do nothing – or even participate in covering up sin.
    For everything there is a season, a time to speak and a time to keep quiet. Michael, may God give you wisdom to know which is which. You are an inspiration.

  9. Michael says:

    Paige…thank you as always for the kind words.
    Disillusioned…thank you as well.

  10. Steve Wright says:

    it often seems pointless to share opinion, perspective, insight, or even my experience because it falls on deaf ears. Relationship has taken a back seat to arguments and dissention.
    ——————————————–
    I’ve been feeling the same way as fil…

  11. A Friend says:

    The pendulum is about to swing the other way and it is a bit sobering to me.

    We need Uniters more than ever…or this thing could really break apart…and that is not a good thing.

    We are entering a VERY transformative and very dangerous period. The cracks are forming and our Current System is on the brink again….and few see how serious it is looking behind the curtain…but will in time.

  12. pstrmike says:

    “We don’t debate issues and facts anymore.

    We take a position and demonize and vilify all those who differ.”

    There is a strong implication that it is ungodly to engage in such discussions or that asking important critical questions without knowing all the facts, which we know is close to impossible, is futile and short sighted. The high bar that is set is actually a straw man designed to keep the status quo by men who may not have malice themselves, but have no sea legs to ride out the storm of inquiry and uncovering of vice. It is the typical “don’t rock the boats” approach.

  13. Bob says:

    “We take a position and demonize and vilify all those who differ.”

    I don’t find this any different today than 40 years ago.

    What has changed is more people have access to media where they can vent their ideas.

    This blog is an example of such access.

    Additionally there are millions of experts who draw people to their blogs. It’s a lot like where in “the day” each Newspaper had an ‘Editor’s Page’ and the boss could soapbox on their personal opinions. Think about the power of newspaper editors in their day and how their owners could effect change and now we have the web.

    Bottom line, nothing has really changed, just the general civility of the masses.

  14. Em says:

    pstrmike is a wise man

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