Guidelines for the art of gracious argument

THE UNFILTERED WORD

Remember to respond courteously to articles by our authors. Sound, logically reasoned responses consisting of a claim, evidence, and a conclusion will help collaboratively reveal truth. Remembering and applying, the fifth habit in Dr. Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood,” will meets Yeshua Ha’Mashiach’s (Jesus the Messiah’s) guidance to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”

  • The claim: a statement or position on an issue.
  • The evidence: the facts, data, or support for the claim.
  • The conclusion: connecting the claim to the evidence which may not be obvious for the person with an opposing point of view.
  • Active listening:Restate what the original article conveys in your own words.Ask questions for clarification to be sure you haven’t misunderstood, If a topic offends you in some way, write your response and wait until the next day to reread it before posting it to the blog. Another method is to have someone else read both the article and your response before your post it to the blog
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Ephesians 4:2: “…with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
showing tolerance for one another in love…”

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