[sword-devel] The Gospel

Chris Little sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 18 Sep 2002 15:17:04 -0700 (MST)

Were this Slashdot, I would get modded (-1, Offtopic) or maybe (-1, Troll)
for this post, but oh well. :)  This is tangent to some things that have
been discussed at school here a bit (for those unaware, I'm at SIL in

We had a discussion on non-verbal communication today, that conveyed the 
fact that of all the forms of communication, like spoken, written, 
gestural, postural, locational, etc. those that require the greatest 
thought are the least trusted.  Written & spoken--that is, verbal 
communication--requires the most, but if you tell someone you love him 
while simultaneously avoiding eye contact or keeping an unusually large 
distance from him, it will probably convey that you don't REALLY like him 
at all.

It ties in slightly with the message from one of our chapels a while back,
that the most important translation of the Bible is the BBV: the
Believers' Behavior Version--the one that we each convey upon those around
us through our actions.  I've had a lot of difficulty digitizing this
translation, so I hope you all spread your own copies wherever you are 
living.  And it ties in quite well with Francis of Assisi's famous 
quotation, "Preach the Gospel at all times.  If necessary, use words."

So, while I think Troy's exercise is a great idea, rejoice that we don't
just have 5 minutes. :)  We get the rest of our lives to give our account
to those around us, but we need to realize that we're ALWAYS giving it,
even when we think we're not.  It's a scary thought that WE'RE
representatives of Christ to the world, eh?