Further texts and reflections on: Tenderness – Gentleness – Mercy – Compassion

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I have a feeling there may be a few things my generation does not fully understand these days.

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Jayson D. Bradley at Relevant Magazine offers 5 reasons we should not give up on church.

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The Holocaust of European Jewry impinges on my consciousness more often than is probably normal. It is tempting in thinking about the Holocaust, to think only of the Nazi-operated concentration and extermination camps.

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What might be the alternatives to the dysfunctional destructive patterns of pain avoidance to which I am so often drawn?

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Pain is an unavoidable reality of the human condition.

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Focusing on the attitudes with which we attempt to do church has the potential to guard against the dangers that inevitably accompany any attempt to impose on a community the kind of one-size-fits-all programming that inevitably ends up doing violence to the community.

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I cannot think of many things that have drawn over 250 people, many with no church connection, to attend two church-hosted events within 6 weeks of each other. I can certainly not call to mind anything that has ever enabled our congregation to raise $100,000.00 within three months. And there have not been many undertakings in the church as I have experienced it for which the volunteer power power available has almost exceeded the obvious need.

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So, if the changes I have identified are real and are important, what might these changes mean for our way of doing church in the future?

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Here are two more changes I see in the prevailing western culture to which the church may be well served to pay attention.

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