If We Really Believed: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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14 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    This is one of the finest “Christmas messages” and statements of the Gospel I’ve ever read. may it be read and applied by many.
    Thank you, Duane.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael,

    Many thanks…

  3. josh hamrick says:

    This is quite good. Echoes of Brennan Manning, and for some odd reason, I’m also reminded of William S. Burroughs. Two thumbs up.

  4. JD says:

    Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.
    And thank you Duane for sharing this today.

  5. Em says:

    “If we really believed…..”
    A sad supposition, indeed.
    All I have to do to bring myself around is to remind myself of the incarnation. The Son of God as a man hanging on a cross – naked for all the lookeeloos to see.
    “My God, my God! Why have You forsaken me?” That cry cuts me deeply!
    Thank you, Dr. Duane for my day’s ponder.
    Indeed we, the Church, do need God fearing teachers…

  6. Em says:

    JD, AMEN! ! !

  7. Michael says:

    We don’t really believe it…Lord, help our unbelief…

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael,

    Yes, I noticed. “Instead, we play politics in our churches, entertain conspiracies, debate vaccine protocols and claim that our opinions are sanctioned by our faith… “

  9. Em says:

    Question…. ? ? ?
    Shouldn’t our aim be to have our opinions sanctified by our Faith? ? ?
    (sometimes i wish folks comments here didn’t cause me so much to ponder. 🙆 )

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    No. Our faith should inform our opinions, not sanctify them. That’s part of the problem…

  11. josh hamrick says:

    “Instead, we play politics in our churches, entertain conspiracies, debate vaccine protocols and claim that our opinions are sanctioned by our faith… “

    yeahhhh, you may not have noticed but that has become a slight struggle for me lately 🙂

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    Josh

    I noticed and, for what it is worth, I agree…

  13. LInn says:

    Prior to becoming a Christian, I had been taught in my really off-the-wall church that Jesus was sort of a hippie, let’s change the world peacefully, kind of guy (but not entirely because the youth group sold light bulbs to support a terrorist organization in Africa; my mom didn’t let me sell them). When I came to know who Jesus really was (God incarnate who came down from heaven to die for a sinner like me), my approach to “saving the world” really changed. Ever since, I’ve tried (not always-still a sinner saved by grace) to approach people with kindness and humility, knowing that God can change anyone who is willing to receive him. I know that Christians working en masse can be powerful social influencers, such as in the abolitionist movemen,t but it doesn’t mean doing traditional politics for the church as a whole. Politics and winning at any cost too soon replace the freedom of preaching the gospel.

    The best marriage of faith and social change I ever experienced was the six years I spent working with a local Christian social welfare group in my city. They only take donations from individuals, churches and local businesses (with whom they are very upfront on their conservative positions regarding morality-they don’t want to take a donation under false pretenses). I ran a tutoring program and preschool for them-programs for kids who didn’t have any hope of either without the presence of our organization in the neighborhood. They run one of the most successful drug rehabs in the city for men and women with their children, feeding programs, etc. They do not make political statements; they just do their work. Sometimes donations drop (that’s why I had to leave), but the work itself remains steady. People are reached for the gospel, and even Christian attitudes change regarding the homeless and immigrants. More of that type of work from churches might really change situations in their communities while declaring the Gospel of Life.

  14. Duane Arnold says:

    Linn

    “They do not make political statements; they just do their work.”

    As can be easily seen, some are addicted to merging political values/opinions and their faith. In so doing, they create “another gospel”… one not found in the pages of the New Testament. The group that you’ve written about has chosen a better way…

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