Raymond Brown, The Churches The Apostles Left Behind (1984), p. 84
I do not mean that [the gospel of] John anticipates the individualism of American frontier preaching, embodied in the slogan “Jesus is my personal savior,” which somehow passes as biblical!
The church was made for the world. Our pews should be facing the door.
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When a classmate suggests that LGBT people are unfit for ministry
+10 nerd cred for use of LGBT Harry Potter character!
What candidacy interviews sometimes feel like.
The life journeys of many humans are replete with times of painful inner emptiness and meaninglessness. These times are caused by agonizing crises, losses, and life transitions that feel like psychological and interpersonal amputations in which important parts of our identity and of our way of getting our basic heart hunger satisfied are cut off. The frequency of these times of loss-generated pain increases as people grow older. Many people have not learned an essential skill for maintaining wellness — to live with emptiness until it is at least partially filled.