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Gordon MacDonald is an insightful observer of American Christianity. He writes…

I sense that there are growing suspicions that our Christian movement is simply not producing the kinds of Christ-followers who can stand up to the rigors of this new age in which we are being forced to live.

As has been the case for a long time, we are a movement that can get people to cross a discernable line into faith. But once they’ve been on the Jesus side of the line for a while, there arises an insipid boredom and bogging down in terms of spiritual growth and service.

If there is any credibility to this generalization, then the operational question becomes why?

My stab at an answer:

We have neglected to call for, expect and hold each other accountable for obedience to Jesus. We have not reckoned with the “yes’s and no’s” of Jesus. Bonhoeffer’s words – “when Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die” – sound so strange to our ears.

We are content to live with unsettled interpersonal conflicts.

We know little of the power of the gospel to break the grip of sin.

We are focused on ourselves rather than the Almighty, each other and a lost world.

We believe spiritual mediocrity is normative.

We are chronologically challenged, believing God’s work began in our lifetime – thus neglecting the riches of 2000 years of Christ-following reflections.

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4 Comments

  1. Couldnt agree more. I think its also a product of the modern gospel “Come to Jesus and your life will be great” or “he’ll fix all your problems” and once problems are encoutered (as promised) people fall away.

    You rarely hear the Law preached anymore to bring about the knowledge of sin……people dont realize that we are truly depraved sinners in need of a savior. They think they are good people and Jesus will make them even better.

  2. All of this is true, but, if I may make an observation in our defense:

    We do have a lot of meetings!

  3. Dad, you need to post some of the awesome pictures from last weekend so everyone can see our good looking big family

  4. Sarah is right.


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