The Costs of Low Expectations



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The Cost of Low Expectations

When you ented a church and see every pew filled. You get excited, but what if everyone is sucking on a baby bottle filled with just enough living water that they stay comfortable. When ever people leave "OUR CHURCH" we need to find out why; create a study group; look at it for 12 to 18 months; issue a report; and get it published. The fact is people leave (considering the age of our members-death is another reality). Maybe it is time to get out the instruction manuel out and read it. The real question for me is how do you show God to a world that is messed up. If you want a church or denomination that is growing- Let Go and Let God! So simple and yet we want to slice, dice, probe,poke, and know why. Maybe God is saying," Because I am God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, The real question is when you see the Son of God hanging on a cross, bloody-skin lacerated-naked for all to see. How can you stand there in your suit, with all the values that you hold so dear (pinned to your chest) and say "Look at me Christ-what I have done for you."

Stephen Whitlock more than 5 years ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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