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Hope in the midst of grief
This is sad and beautiful:
But Brown says the shame of women is much different. Women feel shame when they can’t do everything and do it well. It’s a kind of pernicious perfectionism made worse by her tendency to compare herself to other women online and in real life who seem to be doing everything and doing it all well.
From the beginning of his bout with cancer, Ben had little use for sentimentality. He didn’t need it because he had something better—hope. Confident hope. The sort of hope that made him a source of strength to his friends who, themselves, were struggling as they grieved the prospect of losing someone they loved. Ben comforted us in our sorrow with a steady hand and an unwavering faith. And Ben trusted God to care for him.
You don’t have to wait until a church closes its doors to hear some of the sentences that led to its death. Indeed, these three sentences, or something similar to the words, are pervasive in too many churches.
Authenticity and vulnerability are the buzzwords of our day. Likely reacting against the perceived hypocrisy of the past, many—in the church and out—pride themselves on being honest and letting everyone else in on their honesty.
There are certainly healthy aspects to this trend. It’s hard to love and be loved if everyone is a phony. But, if I’m honest, the rise of authenticity has some rather annoying byproducts.
Does it seem to you like some churches are drifting from the shore? Perhaps with the zeal of ministry expansion pastors and ministry leaders can be pulled by the tide of success or a crowd. As a Christian I am burdened that the church reflect God’s design. If you are a Christian then I am sure you can relate. It does seem that there are a cacophony of voices out there talking about what a church should be and do. Sometimes when there a lot of voices we can begin to think that we have freedom to choose what the church should be like. I don’t know about you, but when I wade through the different types of churches it sometimes feels like I am a consumer walking through a holy mall. Certainly this can’t be right.
The pull of the past is a good yet dangerous thing. Its force can either serve as a slingshot, whereby we pull back into the past in order to gain the force necessary to be propelled forward on our mission. Or its force can serve as a black hole that sucks up all our energy and emotion, until our present and future are swallowed up in a void of hopelessness.
A recent favorite from the archives:
…actress Lena Dunham boldly declared that if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, she’s leaving America and moving to Canada, joining the tens of celebrities and dozens of average Americans who’ve made similar threats in every election cycle since at least Bush v Kerry in 2004.
But let’s be honest: no one who is making this threat is going to move to Canada. Ever.