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Allan R. Bevere

Great post! I agree completely; most of our churches are places where the truth about ourselves is never spoken. We suffer in silence and when someone does speak the truth about him or herself, we do not know quite what to make of it.

One of the essential characteristics of the church should be the ability to be truthful about oulves and our fellowship. It is always easy to beat up on people outside our congregation: the secularists, the liberals, the fundamentalists, whoever is not part our group; but it quite a different thing to point the finger at ourselves in order to reach out and find the grace of God.

I had a professor in seminary who would say that if we read the Gospels from the perspective that the Pharisees are the outsiders, we misread them. We must read the Gospels from the point of view that we are the Pharisees.

Bill

Jim:

What an excellent post! You cut to the heart of the matter with the skill of a surgeon. In my estimation this is not easily done. This post is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for challenging me to look closely at my life, without beating me up in the process.
-bill

Ted Gossard

Mark it down. A Christian who is not confessional is in peril--a danger to himself and to the community

Jim, This quote you share from Tippens so rings true. We need to be more confessional in our own individual lives, and in community. Thanks!

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