Unwillingness to listen, to reach a point of understanding is devaluing. Though tarnished by sin, people are still made in God’s image, behooving us to endeavor to understand their viewpoint. “Genuine engagement in the process of learning from and with others will require you to be ready to change ... for the good” (Brennan, 2002, p. 19).
Entering into dialogue, “with a spirit of inquiry and openness” (Sapp, 2002, p. 3) is crucial. Reaching a point of understanding was intrinsic to our ministry to Palestinian college students in the
Systems thinking, “looks at wholes, rather than parts” (Goodman), enabling better
understanding and communication. Western thinking is fragmented: our work life, church life, home life etc. Conversely, eastern peoples’ thinking is better integrated, more holistic, a powerful lesson.
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Goodman, M. (n.d.). Systems Thinking as a Language. The Systems Thinker, 2.
Holy Bible (2002). The Message. Colorado Springs, Co: Navpress.
Sapp, C. (2002). An Abridged Primer on Discourse: Discussion, Dialog, and
Productive Conflict. Unpublished paper,