A Conversation About Race, Unity, and the Church
Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show on Racial Tensions
Episode 2 — Civil Conversations: Rules of Engagement
Interpersonal communications experts tell us that the majority of what we communicate is not verbal.
Nonverbal communication such as facial expressions, hand gestures, stance, and how we use our eyes can communicate far more than our words can.
People can read us even when they can’t hear us.
Don’t miss this important conversation as we unpack the following “Rules of Engagement”, among others, when engaging in tense discussions:
- Consider whether your points / conclusions are Biblical commands to obey or interpretations to discern. Be cautious not to die on the hill of interpretation.
- When disagreeing with another person or point of view, ask: why would a reasonable and rational person who is seeking to follow Jesus and Scripture think this way?
- Ask others to describe their path of thinking to how they arrived at their conclusion or point of view.
- Be specific, avoiding generalizations and platitudes
Following the conversation with Miles, you will have the opportunity to submit your questions during our live, interactive conversation.
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During his second season in the NFL, two of Miles' teammates, Sherman Smith and Ray Preston, told him about God's amazing love and grace. Finally, one early morning in 1984, Miles had his first encounter with the person of Jesus Christ and decided to follow Him.
The moment Miles relinquished control of his life, God's power was evident. Miles was delivered from his drug habit, experienced positive changes in his daily life and actions, and was reunited with his girlfriend, Debbie, who is now his wife.
God soon set Miles' feet on a new path: serving in ministry, learning theology, and preaching the Gospel. Miles had great dreams as a young man, but he never imagined the joy and fulfillment he would experience in sharing God's love with others.
Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.
Grant has written for Relevant, ChurchLeaders, The Gospel Coalition, and his new book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.