When thinking about interpersonal communication in the church can you name a time where you were engaged at a different level of listening (Active, Emphathetic, Critical) or from a different style (Action vs. People etc.)?

About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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  1. This is my first time on xanga.  Not knowing what eProps are I am responding with a comment only.  I have been in the process of the most difficult moves of my life: selling a house, supporting an “anxious” wife and maneuvering through much excess stuff with many people helping us pack.  The interpersonal communications were filled with empathy, anxiety, near despair, and critical moments of timely intervention, and courageous encouragement. True caring came from others and often at unexpected times.  Exchanges with tears, joy, and deep gratitude bonded several people to us.  People from KC First Church of the Nazarene came on the night before we were to close on the house and literally cleared the house, taking things to hurricane survivors and charity donations to the needy.  I kept sharing a Word that came to me before and sustained me through the process: “God is spoken once, twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God” (Psa 62: 11-12 NRSV).  Each time I have shared that supporting Word, a responsive chord was felt from the other one.  More than one student mentioned how they had drawn strength from that Word since the day I shared it with them.  (Is this the kind of thing you are looking for in this kind of posting?)

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