As I was completing this series of posts, on John Pavlovitz’s understanding of why people are leaving church,  I received an email containing a statement from Lisa Kimball who writes:

I have come to believe that the greatest threat to Christianity in America in the 21st century is not atheism, pluralism, politicization, Nones, Dones, or even sex abuse scandals and hypocrisy, although they are devastating. The greatest existential threat to Christianity is superficiality…

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In an open letter to the church posted May 2019 John Pavlovitz re-visits the question “Why Are People Leaving Church?”

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The remaining three reasons John Pavlovitz gave in 2015 for the exodus from church are challenging and important. Below, with my comments are the three final reasons Pavlovitz believes people are leaving church (again please read his version @ https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/244545-dear-church-heres-people-really-leaving.html)

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John Pavlovitz is the author of a provocative and popular blog called, “Stuff That Needs To Be Said.”

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Too many discussions in Christian tradition are framed in terms of either/or.

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Perhaps I am a naive starry-eyed idealist. But it seems possible to me that, in our psychologically oriented age, we may be uniquely situated in all of history, to address the division between unity and diversity in a healthy life-giving way that finds a creative balance which both honours difference and embodies some degree of consistent identity.

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Read it carefully then ask yourself: About whom might this quote be speaking? What is the most likely historical and cultural context? (answer at the bottom of tomorrow’s post)

What he was able most signally to exploit was the belief that pluralism was somehow unnatural or unhealthy in a society, that it was a sign of weakness, and that internal division and disharmony could be suppressed and eliminated, to be replaced by unity

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We are sitting in a coffee shop. The owner stops by our table and chats. Somehow the conversation moves to the calligraphy mounted on the wall behind our table.

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Fretting about church finances makes it hard not to hear the echo of the voice of Jesus echoing in my head.

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It never occurred to me starting out in this church business that a day might come when the community in which I serve might struggle financially to make ends meet.

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