life in the suture zone...

In the earthquake faults between tectonic plates, the suture zone is the in between place where they meet. I find in that a metaphor for the times in which we live... and invite your conversation in the suture zone.

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... a struggling, but mostly joyful, apprentice of Jesus.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

forks in the dishwasher...

Not much time to write this morning. It’s off to training. But just a quick thought....

I read an interesting article in Education Week by Laura Thomas in the August 10 edition. She uses the experience of her and her husband in regard to how forks are placed in the dishwasher’s flatware holder. Do the tines go up or down?

This argument has gone on for some time in her family. Years even. Decades. And still no consensus on which is the best way. Place the tines down (as her husband argues) and no one gets stuck when they are emptying the dishwasher. Tines up, and at least the forks get clean.

She likens this to arguments that educators have with each other. We argue generally about the things that are least important, because if we can exert control over them, we have the veneer of control over our lives. Power. Stability. But there are incredibly important questions that no one wants to address. Mostly, that’s because they are the harder questions.

I wonder. Is that not our problem in Protestant Christianity? And maybe with Christians generally? Do we argue about the things that, at the end of the day, bear little consequence as a way to avoid the harder issues?

She asks educators the following. I ask it of us as well.

What will it take for us to engage in the real discussions of the big issues? Whose permission do we need? What, exactly, are we afraid of?”

Any takers?

By the way, some of the harder questions we need to deal with are the ones that Jesus raised. They, of course, can lead to some very interesting questions that relate to our cultural situation today.

Something to think about on the suture zone.

Grace and peace,



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