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PREFACE

UNIT I. BECOMING DISCIPLES: CHRISTIAN LIVING

PART A: PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

Toward a New Testament Theology of Conversation

Stephen W. Casey

The art of communication between individuals and groups of people is a pathway for relationship. However, sin has tainted all of creation, turning the tongue into a restless evil. Jesus Christ, conversely, provides the model of conversation apart from the taint of sin. The historical context in which Jesus held conversation establishes the underpinning for a New Testament theology of conversation. Jesus’ example exemplifies how conversation flows from personal integrity, humility, and identity in Christ and establishes relationships that usher newcomers into the Kingdom of God in love.

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