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June 12, 2006



It is pleasant to know I'm not the only person who has a tendancy to lapse into expletives when passionate (or tired/injured). Yes, I have stood before a congregation and sworn, and not just my home-church. However, it is something that I should, and do strive to avoid, when I remember.

As to tact and diplomacy... Most of the heroes of the Bible were a bit in-yer-face, really. Christ and Paul were not exactly tactful all the time- Yes, they were not uneccesarily brash, nor did they ever intend to harm anyone (well, often); but they also did not shy away from the truth, even when that did hurt. That was their higher calling.

The same was true of many of the Prophets: they said what had to be said, regardless of whether it was offensive. The test of character is in their normal dealings with people- were they constantly offensive, or only when it was the only way?


I'd love to be more like him (though I probably swear enough already)!

Sometimes I kid myself that I am a mini-Hauerwas, but I just don't think I have it in me. At best, I'm a wishy-washy watered-down Colwell! ;-)

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