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April 01, 2007

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DennisS

Wow. I haven't read the links from the post, but I sure appreciate what you have written here. I especially like your synopsis:

"At the heart of what Bill is saying, and many others are affirming, is really the loss of our humanity."

I'm inviting eight local pastors over for lunch on Wednesday, and I'd like to share this with them. With only 19% of the population here in worship on any given Sunday, and the age of those in the congregations, we've got plenty to talk about.

I noticed that you didn't mention:
"My Rule of Thumb is that people seek experiences that are personally meaningful and socially fulfilling." Perhaps that is because you post it fairly frequently, and thus your regular readers will be quite aware of it.

It seems to me that people do want that which is meaningful and purposeful. This week I realized that I didn't include anything specific in the sermon about how the text affects me, how it was specifically meaningful to me. (I usually do this to some degree.) Not that I'm terribly narcissistic, but people want to know that it is important - that the text really makes a difference in the life of someone they know. They want to know how it can make a difference in their life.

Thank you for continuing to post thoughts and ideas. I don't comment very frequently, but I do like reading your blog.

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