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#48: Israel and Hamas – A Human Approach, Ft. Dr. Austin Knuppe

Episode #48 cover, featuring Dr. Austin Knuppe
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January 4, 2024

Show Notes

As Dr. Knuppe thinks about this event as an expert in the region and as a Christian, his prayer moves from politics to grief and lament – how do we mourn with those who mourn, love our neighbor well, whether they are Israeli Jews or Arab Palestinians.

This is a conflict that is not 5,000 years old, as many think, but the roots of the current conflict are less than 75 years old. Fundamentally this is not a religious conflict according to Dr. Knuppe, as important as our religious beliefs and identities are. Dr. Knuppe walks us through many of the inner movements on what is a very small piece of land and strong beliefs and desires

In reviewing these kinds of situations, Dr. Knuppe talks about three different individuals who are needed to fully understand a conflict process like this one:

  1. Interpreters: help you understand and create the ability for conversation. An interpreter is an intermediary between two or more parties.

Beyond this situation, there are many times an interpreter is needed when any two parties are not connecting. I have had times in my life when I needed an interpreter to help me navigate a delicate situation.

  1. Translators: someone who creates text or language that others can read and understand in their language and context. This one rings true as well even with the same language, but perhaps cultural differences that need to be translated correctly rather than assumed.
  2. Fixers: This can be comparable to a tour guide, but one that is more directive to help you navigate difficult or misunderstood situations. They give you insights into situations that you may not understand, help you avoid difficulty by being prepared, or even help get you out of trouble.

How can pray for the Middle East at this time? We can pray for the political aspects of the region. Given what is going on, it is very important to learn how to grieve and lament what is going on as a major prayer supported in scripture is to mourn with those who mourn. We should also pray for the oppressed, which was the heart of Jesus throughout much of the Gospels. This is not only for their deliverance but to also pray for justice. We see this throughout scripture.

While we are not personally often in a Middle Eastern type of conflict, how can we take what we have learned today and apply the principles to our own lives to better serve our families, friends, or even adversaries to help advance the Kingdom of God?

Let us consider these three roles that Dr. Knuppe discussed:

  1. Where in your life could you use an interpreter to help you advance the kingdom of God? Home, marketplace, community, or even church to name a few places to consider.
  2. Where in your life could you use a translator, to help you understand context, culture, or even a more full understanding of what others are hearing from us?
  3. Where in your life could you use a fixer to help you avoid deeper problems, understand better conflict on the horizon, or even guide you in a repair process?
  4. Who in your life could fill at least one of these roles to help you move forward in a delicate or difficult relationship today?

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About Wendell Morton

Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.

Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.

Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.

About Dale Eudy

As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.

Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.

Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.

Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.