Submitted For Your Consideration: KevinH

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18 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely love your article and agree with all my being

  2. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Stephanie.

  3. Michael says:

    Sometime in the next few days we’ll post another article on sexual abuse in the church.

    There will be no outcry from the church, except to condemn myself and the victim.

    Somehow, the church thinks that this passes the attention of the young generations …but then they ask why those generations avoid the church…

  4. Captain Kevin says:

    One of your best articles yet, Kevin!

  5. prodinov says:

    Kevin, everything you submit is so well presented and fully embraced from my end. Well done. When both you and Michael post strong writings, I feel I reside within your shadows hovering and reading yet not commenting much. But that is not to say I do not have deep emotions that are felt when reading your observations. There exist a weight on my soul as with many others on these pages that feel pain from what we are seeing and knowing within the church. I am thankful Michael has allowed you an opportunity to write and stand as light in the darkness.

  6. Michael says:

    prodinov,

    Kevin gives me hope…and every time someone hears him, that gives me hope as well.

    Always good to see you, my friend.

  7. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, unfortunately you are correct. I’m so glad that the fellowship I attend steers clear of the culture wars. As a result, almost half of our congregation is made up of college students and younger. Only a few of them are children of older members because the college kids go back to their dorms and make connections that result in more coming to and getting involved in services and midweek gatherings.

  8. Captain Kevin says:

    My above comment was referring to “Somehow, the church thinks that this passes the attention of the young generations …but then they ask why those generations avoid the church…”

  9. Kevin H says:

    Thanks CK, prodinov, & Michael.

  10. Kevin H says:

    CK,

    I heard about politics in church yesterday. I heard about how our Christian culture has been vulnerable to seek out power through politics, rather than seeking God’s power, and how we are vulnerable to place the things of politics as higher priority than the things of God.

    It was exactly the type of political speech we need to hear from the pulpit.

  11. Alan says:

    There is a wonderful sprinkling of holy scripture among these claims that indeed bear sober consideration.

  12. Linn says:

    Kevin,

    This is very well-written! I think the church is missing a whole generation of young people because we are so busy with the “antis” and not with addressing the deep needs within our society, as well as the sin within our own ranks.

  13. Kevin H says:

    Thanks Alan & Linn.

  14. love says:

    love the submissions

  15. Joseph Hawkins says:

    I come from a non religious Jewish background but as a teenager I got involved with Evangelical Christianity but by my mid 20s I dropped out because as a person with mental health issues (I have Asperger’s syndrome) who needs psych meds and who can’t work full time and draws SSDI there was no place for me in the church. I would add that the mentally ill ppl like me are the most harmed by the church because ppl like me don’t fit with the whole ‘’50’s man’’ narrative that they think Christian men should be like. We can’t even be legally married lest it mess up our government benefits yet we have a sex drive but we are condemned as ‘’fornicators’’ if we have a common law marriage and we are condemned as ‘’not trusting God’’ or as ‘’baby killers’’ if we practice chemical contraception even though nowhere are such things condemned in either the Hebrew bible or the New Testament but in fact among the peasants in the Greco Roman world (most early Christians were peasants and slaves) common law marriages were the norm yet nowhere did the New Testament condemn it or say that marriages had to be legally recognized by the state. I would say that even though I still lean more politically conservative and I’m theistic still I have serious doubts about Christianity and I stay away from organized religion but I identify as Jewish and not Christian

  16. The New Victor says:

    “Sometime in the next few days we’ll post another article on sexual abuse in the church.

    There will be no outcry from the church, except to condemn myself and the victim.

    Somehow, the church thinks that this passes the attention of the young generations …but then they ask why those generations avoid the church…”

    This has always happened, sadly. The RCC abuses have been the most widely publicized (and maybe we owe Sinéade O’Connor an apology for her SNL stunt in the 90s). It’s this really the primary factor of what’s driving away youth?

  17. Michael says:

    TNV,

    It’s a tad more complex than that, but the bottom line is the hypocrisy that these cover ups evidence.

    Young people live in a world where homosexuality is accepted by that generation as a choice…if they want to enter the church, at some level they have to wrangle with Christian opposition to such…while at the same time being aware that heterosexual sin is rampant in our own ranks…and a large percentage support a man for President who was found civilly liable for rape, is on his third marriage, and is a generally vile man.

    We don’t deal with our own sin, but rail against the sin of others…smart people don’t buy that noise.

  18. Alan says:

    Joseph,

    We share much in common and I share an interest with you that those with mental disabilities be cared for by the church. I also am the grandparent of three boys on the spectrum for autism. Your stated limitations as per government support and marriage leave me with questions but I trust your good will stating your issues.

    There are many expressions of the Christian faith that would modify your limitations as per permissions. Allow me to raise however an issue. The Christian faith is not a social group to join. It is an allegiance to the Jewish man named Jesus from the first century in whom the whole christian family looks as the incarnation of the great I AM.

    Your aversion to your particular Christian community that you have exited says nothing of whether you have apprehended the nature of the one to whom we swear our allegiance unto death. My prayer is that you would take a fresh look at Jesus the Jew and reconsider following him and not some flawed expression that carries his name. Jesus is very different than you seem to apprehend.

    Nevertheless I regret your suffering and your alienation from so many things. Christ the Jewish Messiah has a way for you.

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