2019… And Beyond: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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6 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    I cannot help but wonder if it’s too late…that these words of wisdom will be for those who rebuild what we are ruining…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    As the Church, we often absorb the culture in which we find ourselves. Unfortunately, we now find ourselves in a culture that is somewhat toxic, divided and angry (on both sides of the political divide). We have absorbed too much of this already… at least in my opinion.

  3. Em says:

    Doesn’t it seem that we live in a time where separation from emotional involvement in the commerce of the world is a major challenge? No TV, no facebook or twitters, no Email? We cannot vote for anyone who doesn’t practice the Christian faith … our way …. But then, we’re supposed to be relevant to the world…
    Well, we are relevant – relevant like an EMT is relevant to a guy that’s just been hit by a car … trouble is, all they want from us is a pain pill …. or so it seems to me … dunno. 😕

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Em

    It’s desperately difficult. Owing to the speed of communication, we now tend to “react”… and react on a very “gut level” – whether in politics, theology, or even personal interactions. The “simple” answer (the pill) is preferred to long term care. The art of listening seems to have gone out of fashion.

  5. pstrmike says:

    Thanks Duane.

    ” Laity tend to understand the importance of identity in a manner that is not always grasped by a leadership that all too often will sacrifice identity for the sake of momentary “success.'”

    I find this an interesting observation with the groups you named. I am not so sure that this is the case with evangelicals, particularly because they are attracted to an expressions of power and excitement. Doctrinal distinctions, with some exceptions, are not as important.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    pstrmike

    Happy New Year. Yes, when I was speaking of laity, I was thinking of mainline denominations. The leadership seems increasingly alienated from the people in the pews. Evangelicals, on the other hand, have turned “success” into its very own doctrinal distinctive…

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