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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Moving is a process of adjustment. Moving in with other people amplifies the need for adjustment. The thing is that we often try to adjust to a new situation by delineating our own space over and against the space of others. We do the same with responsibilities, possessions, money, and food. For all the joy of moving in together with people, we still fight to protect our own independence.

In preaching I often feel like I'm fighting to protect my own independence and to allow others to keep their own as well. It feels wrong or un-American to sacrifice our independence for the sake of others. What if we preach a message of radical interdependence? What if we admit that we need each other? What if my sermon can't exist without the influence and experience of the congregation?

How do you adjust?

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