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  1. Em says:

    As churches close .. a way of life fades away? A lot more than that fades away….
    Just as sad, drive north on the interstate out of Seattle, leave the highway and drive the byways, lovely little white churches with the obligatory steeples. But now the crosses are gone and you can buy your outdoor gear there … to go worship the god of the mountain, i guess. On another road you can stop by the church and shop for antique furniture…. find your fellowship a couple doors down at the still thriving local pub…. spirits on tap

  2. Michael says:

    Em,

    I thought that was a great article…and we’ll see more of those closures.

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    The article on Nicaea, while well meant, was a bit short on historical accuracy and theological reflection. Arius had a case to make, it just happened to be built on the wrong premise.
    Just saying..
    Then again, I’m a bit of a patristic nerd.

  4. Steve says:

    I like really like Karl Vaters Pivot blog “Pastor, The church is Not our Personal Platform”.

  5. Babylon's Dread says:

    Does anyone remember that we preach good news? Is there any good news? Does anyone keep their word? Does anyone finish well? Is there a reason we do what we do? Is Christianity just the skin being shed by the snake for this round? Wake me when the nightmare ends.

  6. Michael says:

    BD,

    I only hope the content of our preaching in local churches is more Christ centered than the politically centered message that comes out in the media.

    The love of many has grown cold…

  7. j2theperson says:

    The one about the churches closing was depressing. My church is currently dealing with some of that stuff, in addition to other more serious issues.

  8. Em says:

    I was a child then but I’m sure life was very stressful for adults in the 1940s … after the jolt of Pearl Harbor we really did believe that we were fighting for our lives and the survival of the “greatest nation on God’s green earth.” and
    We turned to the preachers for our good news – even Hollywood did. .. They made hay out of a priest’s cassock or a nun’s habit and they knew those censors had the final word, whatever their private opinion
    Today’s stresses seem to be more insidious … more evil
    Maxine Waters does not tend to drive ones thots toward God. 😇

    Just pondering … wondering what has changed …. something has … some good – some not

  9. Xenia says:

    The problem is, nowadays no one really believes the Gospel is good news and this is because a large number of modern people do not believe they are sinners. If you know you are a sinner, bound for an unpleasant afterlife, the Gospel is very Good News. If you have no belief in anything supernatural, if all you believe in is science, the Gospel sounds foolish, just as St. Paul says it will sound to certain people. You approach your typical college professor or Silicon Valley pseudo-Buddhist and tell them they are hell-bound but Good News! Christ has come to save your soul! and you will be laughed at and called a bigot. Science is God nowadays and science does not convict one of sins.

    The only sins nowadays is the refusal to tolerate all sins.

    (Well, I can think of a few other sins that bother some unbelievers, like ignoring environmental concerns, which I also think is sinful.)

  10. Em says:

    Xenia, good thoughts. Hasn’t psychology shown that calling behavior sin is damaging to the psyche? sigh. 🙈 🙉 🙊

  11. Babylon's Dread says:

    @9 Thanks Xenia … the politics of progressivism either mold or deny the science as well.

    Gender politics will make its own science.

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