It takes little time for a pastor to know that good communication is at the heart of healthy relationships. Dr. Franklin W. Nelson (Frank) has spent more than thirty years pastoring churches and retired in 2008 to pursue his writing and publishing interests.
In his research on friendship, Frank discovered that his own name (Frank) comes from the French meaning “free.” The root of the word “friend” is “frie,” meaning “free.” He concluded that with friends we are free to relax, free to disagree, free to help, free to TALK – openly – equally – freely!
When we find the freedom to talk and listen, respect and value, help and care, know and understand, we have found the fundamental, essential elements of healthy and loving relationships. TalkPoints build friendly qualities into any relationship through good communication. They are like tools that make it more easy to talk freely, especially with those we love the most. Frank believes that good things always come from good relationships, and good relationships will always be, in part, the result of good communication. Frank’s hope for the families, communities and nations of the world is that friendship (freedom) will expand throughout the world as the quantity and quality of communication increased between people.
Another way to describe Frank’s vision is found in Revelation 22:2 NRSV: On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Frank’s hope is that each page of a TalkPoint conversation will be like a leaf from the tree giving life and hope for the healing of marriages, families, churches, communities, cities and nations.