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From the May/June 2015 Horizons Magazine,
Speaking the Language of the Heart byBruce Whearty

About This Issue
The Power of Language

From youth into adulthood, we hear words being dismissed. As children, we suggest that because words don’t have the power of physical engagement, they don’t matter. As adults, we might try to make a distinction about something only to be told that we’re unnecessarily complicating the issue. But the truth is our words matter. The way that we say those words matters. The courage to form those words matters. And the way those words invite a connection with the reader or listener matters.

The authors in this issue believe in the power in language. They explore the ways that words can connect us to one another across differences and the ways that words can separate us. They address the ways that when words fail us, we can still find a way to communicate with each other. These authors show just how nuanced language can be, and that if there was ever a reason to split hairs, it’s to honor each other as children of God.


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2015–2016 Horizons Bible Study

Come to the Waters
by Judy Record Fletcher

Suggestions for Leaders
by Larissa Kwong Abazia

In this study, we consider the waters of chaos in Genesis, and the River of Life in the last chapter of Revelation, where chaos is no more. Water plays a central role in the stories of creation, the delivery of God's people (through the parting of the Red Sea and the crossing of the Jordan River), judgment of a people weak in faith, and the adoption of the people of God through baptism. Sometimes there is too much waer (think Noah) and sometimes there is too little water (think drought in the desert). Together, we will explore some of the Bible's 800 references to water.

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Reconciling Paul:
A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians

by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty

Suggestions for Leaders
by Irene Pak

Paul's writings are some of the most influential in Christianity. Revisiting the struggles Paul faced and the authenticity and integrity of his theology is an essential task for churches today in the midst of great change. Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that, like ours, was also in the midst of great change. What can we learn from visiting 2 Corinthians and considering Paul’s theology and ideas as they relate to the context of our time? Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty invites us all to read Paul’s letter afresh in light of today’s issues. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in her reading of Paul.


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