Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk

Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk

by Timothy M. Shorey


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Do you know who you’re talking to? All human beings are made in the image of God . . . but you wouldn’t always be able to tell by how we talk to them. And when it comes to listening, we’re even worse! The result? Hurt, misunderstandings, frustration, division, and sometimes all-out war.

Scripture says that human beings aren’t worms or weasels but rather wonders who are worthy of our time and respect. From that truth, we can draw important guidelines that will transform our conversations, relationships, and lives together. Pastor Tim Shorey blends the marvelous with the mundane, laying out a COMMUNICATE lifestyle built on eleven practical decisions we need to make when we converse. Whether you’re trying to repair a relationship, interact on social media, talk to your teen, or understand someone whose beliefs differ wildly from your own, there is hope!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629957128
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Timothy M. Shorey has been a pastor since 1982. He currently leads Risen Hope Church, a multiethnic congregation in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Worship Worthy and 30/30 Hindsight: 30 Reflections on a 30-Year Headache. He and Gayline have six children and numerous grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword Marty Machowski 9

Preface: Choosing Our Vowel Carefully 13

Acknowledgments 19

Introduction: God, the Image, and the Gospel 21

1 Chill 31

2 Open Up 47

3 Make Time 63

4 Mean What You Say 79

5 Understand What You Hear 95

6 Nourish with Grace 111

7 Initiate Peace 129

8 Celebrate Others 145

9 Assume You Are Wrong 163

10 Think the Best 179

11 Examine Your Heart 195

Conclusion: Grace to Do What We Are Told 211

Appendix A GRACE and Race Fellowship: Proximity in Action 215

Appendix B A Word about Profanity 221

Appendix C Communication Couplets 225

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