Thinking Out Loud

October 11, 2012

Neighbors: Can’t Love ‘Em If You Never Met ‘Em

Years ago the late Keith Green asked us at one of his concerts to pause and think of the names of the people who live on either side of our house or apartment unit. By a show of hands, some people were unable to complete this task. I was reminded of this when I saw this post at Tim Challies yesterday:

Take a look at this graphic. Image that the middle box in the chart is your house and the boxes that surround it are the eight houses closest to your own. I doubt your neighborhood is arranged like a tic-tac-toe board, so you may need to use your imagination just a little bit.

Here’s what I want you to do.

  • First, write the names of the people who live in the house represented by each of the boxes. If you can give both first and last names, that’s great. If you’ve only got first names, that’s okay too.
  • Second, write down some information or facts about each of the people in that house. I don’t mean facts that you could observe by standing on the road and looking at their house (“Drives a red car”) but facts that you’ve gathered from speaking to them (“Works for a bank,” “Grew up across town.”).
  • Third, write down any in-depth information you know about each of the people. This could include details like their career plans or religious beliefs—the kind of information that comes from real conversation.

How did you do? Or how do you think you would do if you actually went through with this exercise? …

Continue reading Tim’s reflections on the book, The Art of Neighboring.

September 12, 2012

Wednesday Link List

It’s been awhile since we included a Naked Pastor cartoon; click the image to read more.


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