October 30, 2008

Tongue, do not become my adversary

"Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue." -Proverbs 17:28

When do I stay silent, and when do I speak? Others-centeredness needs to guide my actions.

Even my most pressing puzzles can't direct all discussion. I want to be wise- but not merely to satisfy my desire for intellectual stimulation.

My yearning to help can't override the need to serve others. Will I let cooperation replace control?

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." -Matthew 7:7

I rejoice that God never tires of our foolish questions or our repeated stumbling.

October 29, 2008

Argue effectively

Does excellent debating argue the idea or argument itself, or the argument as presented?

Debating against the idea may encourage more growth, but may misinterpret the meaning.
Debating against the argument as it was explained to you increases the likelihood of winning the argument or even convincing your opponent, but the response may not hold up under closer scrutiny.

Does your answer change depending on the circumstances, (real life or a debate round)? Why or why not?