Discussion Questions for Ord. 12A

  1. How did the adults in this text use their moral agency?  Who has the most to gain or lose? (Gen 21:8-21)
  2. Read this psalm as Hagar’s song. What other Hagars can you imagine singing this psalm? (Psa 86:1-10, 16-17)
  3. In what ways can conflict be a positive experience that allows all sides to be transformed? (Matt 10:24-39)

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