There are three main areas to address: examples of unity we see in everyday life; songs that communicate some of the common DNA of unity; and the tools for solving the problem of disunity. Today we begin to discuss the third of these themes and we will continue to do so every third blog or so.
My book Streamside (working title) is built around an engineer’s problem-solving model. If you love metaphors, you will love the model. But it you are more of a sensory person, the model might seem odd at first. How could an engineer apply the model to a theological problem?
So the more time we have to break it down into bite-size pieces, the more powerful it will be when you see it applied in the book.
There are four elements to the model of problem-solving and almost any problem can be analyzed by trying to discover the four elements of it.
The first element is a Source. It is easiest to think about a physical problem you have. Please send me a comment about the first thing that came to your mind – a physical problem you might be facing. What came to my mind is the east side of my house that is slowly sinking, creating major cracks in floors and walls. Not good. What is the Source of this problem?
What did you think of? And what do you supposed might be the Source of that problem?
Is it a car that won’t start? What might be the Source?
A high water bill in the summer? What might be the Source?
Is it lack of unity in the Christian church? What might be the Source?