George Bernard ShawI’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way.

I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.

Welcome to iThinkTank, a home for all Christians that are hungry and thirsty for more—and those who want to get there. I am Ralph Rickenbach.

I do not believe in producing when there is no revelation, but when I produce, the articles tend to be meaty and a bit longer than average—just to warn you. But I hope you profit as much as I do.

I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue.

Martin Buber

I like the idea of dialoging with others. I strive to discover knowledge or wisdom I can share with the world. But I can struggle when it comes to directly expressing my judgments. I am more comfortable exchanging ideas by way of brainstorming aloud than I am in delivering harmonious monologues. I can also become impatient with those who are slow to understand my ideas. I often expect others to learn as quickly and independently as I do. For these reasons, I am ill-suited for teaching (with the exception of highly motivated individuals and small groups) and better off sharing my insights less directly, such as through writing.

But I am working on it.

What you can expect from this page: it does show a journey from a rather traditional teacher in the early days to a radical thinker as of late.

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