You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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  1. Phil says:

    I wonder….., does keeping it fun give people an out? A chance to ignore your “No” ?

    Because, hey, if you REALLY meant it, then you’d’ve(nice grammar, i know) been more stern….

    • Danny says:

      Good question, Phil, but the reality is, we’ll always have people who refuse to do what they’re asked, even if we’re stern, dictatorial jerks. I’m not necessarily saying this is the approach we always have to use one on one (read: church discipline situations), but for the masses, this helps people acknowledge the discomfort you’re calling them to.

  2. Christian says:

    Here’s a practical situation:
    I’m part of a small group of 20-somethings, and some have suggested ‘giving the girls a chance to lead’ :/
    How do you say ‘no’ without causing a ruckuss or seeming like you’re mysongynistic/condescending/backwards?
    PS: Either way it’s a ‘no’ 😉

  3. @Christian

    You do a detailed study of 1Timothy 2. I recommend Andreas Kostenberger’s book titled Women in the Church

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