Communicate


2011 ended with 509,000,000 apps downloaded in one … year? Month? Week!!!! That was the total for the USA the last week of 2011.

Interestingly, spellcheck didn’t even flag “apps” though last I checked, it wasn’t really a word but an easier to message or tweet, shortened term for the word “applications”. But does it communicate? Absolutely. Imprecisely, incompletely, but very effectively. We know what apps are.

Moreover, apps are often a result of fuzzy reasoning and its application. (Wikipedia –“Fuzzy logic is able to process incomplete data and provide approximate solutions to problems other methods find difficult to solve.”) In a world of analytical brains this can pose a problem. Rochester has its share of analytical brains. (Alright, so analytical brains are the ones that actually understand fuzzy logic, albeit in a non-fuzzy sense.) Whew. Where is this going?

Last month I mentioned change is constant and is generally accompanied by conflict. It is our behavior in conflict that can be either good or bad, not conflict itself. I asked “As we walk forward together, knowing that there will be change what commitments do we need to make to one another?”

The Covenant Church in Ceresco, Nebraska has agreed to four. The first two are here:

“As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we believe that we are called to live together and respond to each other in a way that is remarkably different than that of the world. To this end, we will

1. Honor and Affirm – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:30.
2. Communicate: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

In the stuff of church, communication is necessarily fuzzy, but that doesn’t mean unclear or ineffective. It is nuanced, value driven in a way that doesn’t always yield to definite or black and white propositions. What will it look like at Rochester Covenant Church to communicate with one another?
Quick to listen… hmmm – What does that look like, feel like in a community of Christ-followers?
Slow to speak?
How does anger relate to quickness and slowness in communication?
I invite your comments.

I will post this on my blog (https://pastorhhf.wordpress.com ) and you can comment there as we journey together in an ever-changing world with an ever-constant love supporting and surrounding us.