Wednesday, December 04, 2019

DeKoster: disputation

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637
    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
    —Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)
    The conduct of disputation by verbal brickbat, by innuendo, and by light-fingered intellectual dexterity, is a mordant reminder of the time when controversies were settled by faggot and sword. The truth is hardly less the loser because the inquisitor has altered his methods. All of us who seek to explore the wide reaches of God’s revelation, and strive to bring the thinking of others under the domination of Christ, do well to seek first to bring our own rhetorical techniques under that same dominion—under the discipline, that is, of love.
    ... Lester DeKoster (1916-2009)
    See also Col. 4:5-6; Isa. 40:11; Rom. 12:9; Eph. 4:15; 2 Tim. 2:25-26; 4:2; 1 Pet. 1:22; 3:15-16; 1 John 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may my words always honor You and Your truth.
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