The Church…please don’t be a weakling – those who like Jesus need you.

How the Church can Respond…A Great Hope for the Future, Kimball’s final thoughts about the church in, “They Like Jesus But Not The Church”.

  • The church is an organized community with a heart to serve others.
  • The church is a positive agent of change loving others as Jesus would.
  • The church holds women in the highest respect and includes them in the leadership of the church.
  • The church is a loving and welcoming community.
  • The church is respectful of other people’s beliefs and faiths.
  • The church holds beliefs with humility and strives to be thoughtful theologians.

Just another thought!

Dan capstones his book with a quote from Nenri Houwen:

When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church, it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, ‘I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,’ we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church.

This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness.

It is important to think about the Church not as ‘over there’ but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.

Nenri Nowen
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