Of I.M Pei, Hotels and Civil Religion: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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8 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Well said Duane.
    Never in my life have I seen such a time as this…when such effort is made to “de-humanize” those who may differ from us.
    Many in the church are following this path…which inevitably leads to violence and oppression of the “other”.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Thank you, Michael. Yes, we’re making “gods” of ideologies and concepts, not to mention “nationality”.

  3. Michael says:

    Furthermore… 🙂
    This goes back to the entrepreneurial method of church planting where the objective is attracting giving units instead of seeking people to minister to.
    It seems that we could go on for days about how we’ve lost the Incarnational imperative…

  4. pstrmike says:

    Thanks for this important reminder Duane. It is always about the people — all of us, the reason for the Incarnation.

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Reflecting on this, it has made me re-examine some places I’ve engaged in ministry. In a cathedral with 600-700 parishioners… how do you effectively minister to individuals? In a large city church with 1600-1800 attendees… how do you connect with individuals? In both cases, I know that it happened, but as I think about it, most of the time it was up to them to reach out to me. Now, I think it should have been the other way around. That, however, is difficult owing to large institutions having “unseen barriers” all the while others simply see the institution being successful. Yet we measure success all too often on the basis of the health and well-being of the institution which the individuals make possible. It seems a Catch-22…

  6. Michael says:


    That conundrum deserves follow up….

  7. Em says:

    Weren’t the Apostles instructed to bless every house they entered? ? ? ?

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Luke 10:5 “Peace be to this house…” speaking of those of the household.

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