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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation

This book was recommended to me a few days ago by a friend. If some people don't like the word 'disillusioned', I am not one of them. Disillusionment is something I have felt for years, even when working in churches, which I did for 10 years. I think I'll pick this one up.


Anonymous D. Loewen said...

It surprises me that "disillusioned" is such a "controversial" term when applied to church-goers. We live in the Post-Modern era, disillusionment is our rason-d'etre. On a more serious note, I must say that there is indeed life after church. I am one of those who shuffled out the door and haven't shuffled back in in a long time. In my experience many churches, and their "regulars" take the easy path and blame empty pews on a lack of commitment from those who have left, youth, prosperity, and anything else that will avoid examining the fundamentals of their ministry. It is politics pure and simple, with the added benefit of knowing that God agrees with "us" and not "you." I have heard all that I need to hear about my "fire insurance" and the wrongheadedness of all other faiths. I have not lost my faith in God, only in many of His people here on earth, and I am tired of the games they play. Show me where this is discussed openly and honestly and I would be there, as would be many others I'm sure.

11:33 PM

Blogger Nathan said...

You wanna tell him where, or should I? ;)

1:52 AM

Blogger Darren said...

Dave - How are you? It's been a while.
regarding Nathan's post (Nathan is a friend and fellow "exile" - we along with Jordon Cooper are startng a "thing" (church??) called "Church of the Exiles". We rae not officially meeting yet, hopefully by the end of January. I think you'd like it. Also, call me. It would be good to get together.

9:19 AM


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