Some time ago Eric Brown mentioned to me something he thought he heard from N.T. Wright…that is that in the Gospels and Acts teaching, discussion, and debriefing usually followed events rather than preceded them. Yet, somehow, we usually teach first and then try to do some kind of application after the teaching. Think about it, let’s say you want to address poverty so you teach a three week series on the poor and finish it off with a canned food drive or handing out lunch bags to the homeless. But what if you did it the other way around? What if you handed out the food and then got everyone together who experienced it to talk about what it was like, what they learned from it, etc? Doesn’t that make so much more sense? So we are going to be discussing thanksgiving after thanksgiving this year because people will be more informed and better prepared to have the conversation after the events rather than before them.
Just a small paradigm tweaker post for you.