Prof. David Wheeler – “Triangulate Your Sources”

December 12, 2013

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

One of the first things I learned as a journalist was to “triangulate” my sources: verify supposed facts or statements through three different sources in order to build a solid foundation of truth in my article. Imagine what would happen if you published a story with three completely contradictory views of a certain chain of events. Profound confusion. No one would know for certain what really happened, or where to go from there.

When you face uncertain times in life, God provides the ultimate in triangulation: The Trinity. Unsure of what to do? Ask the Father — read His divine words in Scripture. Ask the Son: look at the life of Christ — His actions and words during His ministry on Earth. Finally, ask the Holy Spirit: a heart surrendered to the Spirit will lead you to the right path. Try not to do one without the others, or risk an unbalanced life story. Many make important decisions based on emotion alone and neglect one of the most important sources: the inspired Word of God in Scripture, where we have been given authoritative and practical advice when all else fails.

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will never disagree. Learn to slow down, and seek a unified answer from God before you draw premature conclusions.


- Prof. David Wheeler, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Journalism

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