Here's this week's i.ucc.org Bible study blog post:
This week’s Bible readings team up the story of the story of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) and the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-21) One describes confused languages and scattering while the other looks to renewed understanding and gathering.
Why can’t we have more, and better, conversations?
In church we may gather with what folks call a common language, but why speak so exclusively that no one else can understand? And why do we argue so much among ourselves?
Outside the church walls folks talk at each other so much that it all becomes unintelligible banter that seeks domination instead of understanding.
It seems everyone knows the truth and no one is willing to listen to anything that may be different from their version of it.
Can we rediscover the life-changing art of conversation?
Come, Holy Spirit.