The weblog of Darren Friesen

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

I read this the other day and was blown away.

What we call “church” is too often a gathering of strangers who see the church as yet another “helping institution” to gratify further their individual desires. One of the reasons some church members are so mean-spirited with their pastor, particularly when the pastor urges them to look at God, is that they feel deceived by such pastoral invitations to look beyond themselves. They have come to church for “strokes,” to have their personal needs met. What we call church is often a conspiracy of cordiality. Pastors learn to pacify rather than preach to their Ananiases and Sapphiras. We say we do it out of “love.” Usually, we do it as a means of keeping everyone as distant from everyone else as possible. You don’t get into my life and I will not get into yours.
Stanley Hauerwas

2 Comments:

Blogger Chester said...

I'm good enough to have soup with but I can't crack your blogroll. That really hurts....I think you might want to change that or I will continue to tempt you with my new palm...

12:18 AM

 
Blogger Donna said...

Darren! that is not just a hat....that is a beret or at least it looks like a beret...if it is..well, that you makes you the coolest guy!! I love berets. If it happens to NOT be a beret...well, you are still cool.
p.s. I do like your new site!

6:06 PM

 

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