There are a number of helpful points in this article.
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But a paradox exists. A mystery, if you will: even within postmodern neighborhoods seeking the supernatural there exists an aqueduct of animosity toward Christian mystery, particularly the miracles of Christ or those found in Exodus. This is nothing new. From the Arian controversy of the fourth century to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, these are theories our culture perennially brings out of the attic in folding step with Christmas lights and Easter baskets. None of this is cause for Christian defensiveness, but rather a reminder that for all the entreaty of mystery there is little acceptance of Christian mystery.
Why did you choose to come to this church?
I ask the question hundreds of times each year, especially to people who joined a church within the past year.
Now we have new research that gives us specific reasons why people decide on a particular church. As I noted in my previous post, I am grateful to Pew Research for their massive study on the behavioral patterns of members and guests.
In their most recent study, the respondents noted seven key reasons for choosing a church. They were allowed to offer more than one reason.
Childlessness isn’t just a married couple’s grief. I’ve never heard that call of “Mom.” Never felt that baby in my belly. Never seen my features in the face of a child. Never experienced hearing a baby’s first word or taking a toddler to his first haircut. Never been “the preferred one” to the child who only wants her mom when she’s sad, scared, or sick. When a new mother shares how her heart unimaginably expanded when she first held her baby, I can understand what she means only in theory, not by experience.
A favorite from the archives (written by my wife):
The HDMG thinks counselling is for weaklings and epidurals are for wusses. She demands my supplication and obedience, so I read parenting and home-keeping books, articles, blogs to try to do better. But she accuses me from there as well; I don’t move the furniture when I vacuum. I use formula and jarred baby food. I feed our family white flour. I can’t train my kids to pick up after themselves in “3 easy steps!”