Tag Archives: Conversation

Living the Kingdom

I think that Christians can fall into two ruts in their understanding of the kingdom of God.  First, it can become easy to take God’s kingdom goodness for granted and forget the integral  part we play in it. Second, I think we only understand bits and pieces of what it means to be part of God’s kingdom plan.  In both situations we will find ourselves less intentional or even aware of kingdom work.  It seems that in many Christian circles our part in the kingdom of God boils down to “saving souls” and our acts of service are only for the sake of that purpose.

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Do You Ask Good Questions?

Asking good intentional thought provoking, information gathering questions can take your small group to a whole new level of sharing.  How are you at asking questions?

Have you ever been frustrated during an intense conversation?  Dumb question, I know.  Of course we all have encountered the frustration.  Not the best question to begin a blog on the topic of asking good questions. The reason I started with that question is because it is often the type of question we ask; it only requires a “yes” or “no” answer not to mention it’s a question we already know the answer to.

In my ministry as a pastor I work with people on a daily basis and often times I sit with folks who are trying desperately to communicate their thoughts and feelings but sometimes lack the vocabulary to do so. They also struggle with clarifying what it is that is actually going on in their minds, feelings or life.  Good questions are very important in helping a person come to some clarity in order to better understand.  It’s good for me and them.