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June 18, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

James Alexander Langteaux: Connecting/Bridge building

“Unless we take the time to learn what is sacred to the tribe we’re trying to reach, and until we learn to honor them and respect that thing and find a way to honor God and bridge that gap, it will take more years than necessary to communicate the greatest message that tribe will ever come to hear: In writing eternity into the hearts of all the tribes on earth God created a fragile spider web that connects all peoples to the heart of the Father God. If we are careful not to come in with bulldozer and heavy machinery of doctrines and agendas, we may be able to find that silvery strand.”

–James Alexander Langteaux


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  1. leanna jackson / Jun 19 2008 11:23 pm

    LOVE it.

    this is reminiscent of how i am very anti-“anti-abortion” people. they do more harm than good. especially the stand true christian one. they put out awful media/merch. blech.

    we should just spread the love. what’s so hard about that

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jun 21 2008 4:54 am

    you’re right…. i think many of them are well intentioned…but their means (of the most radical groups) is rather awry and even un-christian. or at a minimum might be more helpful and effective if it was a hand up filled with support and love.

  3. leanna jackson / Jun 21 2008 8:11 pm

    i hate that i have no idea when you respond to my comments on here. which might be every time. but still. i came back to steal your quote and was happy that you responded. you said it much better than i did.

  4. george wunderlich / Jul 20 2008 8:48 pm

    Congrats on Just finished reading. You have had percolating in you for years , yet no one held out their cup. Long hard journey James , but you have experienced the world is God’s cup and you can pour out all you want. You are my hero!!

    • James Langteaux / Feb 3 2010 7:11 pm

      George!! How incredible to see your name – it would be a gift to be able to connect with you again. Your unfettered love and wisdom were a gift divinely placed at just the right time. And thanks to this site for the mention –

  5. Gary Peacock / Jul 14 2010 5:53 pm

    This statement is a powerful metaphor for the delicate nature of relationships and how easy it is to complicate the “greatest message” with our invasiveness and insensitivity.
    That said, I’m so stoked to see what you’re doing and saying these days….its been a while…you’ll always be one of my trues heroes of the faith!


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