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I appreciate all the comments I ve received from many of you. I get anything from I m not criticizing the church enough to I m criticizing the church too much. Right off the bat, I want to admit I love the church. I confess it. I believe in it. But what I love is the actual church, the actual fellowship of believers. What I try to criticize are the ideas of church that swirl all around her. They are not her, but thoughts about her. That s why I invite criticism of my ideas, because that s all they...

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Okay, listen... it's late, and I've had quite a day, and I'm very, very tired. On top of all that, my 13 year old daughter went to her graduation dance simply looking too beautiful, and I haven't had time to really focus on an intelligent blog entry today. But I have a thought: why can't we just be humane? Definition please: humane (hu mane adj) 1. showing the better aspects of the human character, especially kindness and compassion 2. without inflicting any more pain than is necessary 3. with an emphasis on respect for other people s views Encarta World...

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Stringfellow equates the biblical principality to modern-day ideologies or institutions or images . He talks about the principality of Hitler s image eventually possessing him where Hitler surrendered to his image in the struggle for control. Public image is a principality that can become demonic in proportion. He also talks about how invitations to serve an institution are often invitations to bondage. He calls them angelic powers . He asserts that demonic doesn t mean evil, but that it refers to death and fallenness. No man escapes enduring the claims for allegiance and service of the principalities. For a man...

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"The children of God present nothing peculiar, nothing new, nothing that exercises a compelling power. And so, after standing for a moment in amazement before the comedy of an unreal communion with God, the children of the world turn away supported and confirmed in their knowledge that, after all, the world is the world. With proper instinct for the truth, they do not permit themselves to be imposed upon, and they are thus protected against any turning towards the God of the pious man. Whenever men adopt a point of view of God ; whenever he is not everything and...

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The curse of a godless man can sound more pleasant in God s ears than the Hallelujah of the pious (Bonhoeffer, Life Together). When I write that my own situation in those months of pain and decision can be described as prayer, I do not only recall that during that time I sometimes read the Psalms and they became my psalms, or that, as I have also mentioned, I occasionally cried Jesus and that name was my prayer, but I mean that I also at times would shout Fuck! and that was no obscenity, but a most earnest prayerful utterance...

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