I love feedback, I really do. And I don’t just mean that in the sense that lots of people say it. I passionately believe in Proverbs 27:17 where we are called to sharpen one another just as iron sharpens iron. So while I love an encouraging word, I also welcome comments and e-mails that question my position, so long as it is done in a way that sharpens both individuals participating in the subject and does not turn into an unhealthy debate.
What is the difference between a healthy discussion and an unhealthy debate, you might ask? Well, a very good friend of mine broke down the difference this way:
Discussion is presenting your view and seeking to share information that will help all involved arrive at the truth.
Debate is taking sword in hand and whacking away at any divergent viewpoint until either yours is proclaimed as the right one or all those with opposing views are silenced. Debate, in essence, seeks to be proven right at any cost.The first definition describes the kind of correspondence I love. I don’t have to agree with the person e-mailing me, and they don’t have to agree with me when they e-mail me. But we both have enough respect for one another as human beings to discuss our differences in an edifying way.So, whether you have a question, recommendation, or just want to share your story with me but don’t want to do so in the comments section, this is the page for you!
I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and will send a reply as soon as possible.