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7 Responses

  1. BrianD says:

    Your TGIF articles are always great, Michael. You’ve definitely found a niche for yourself in ministry. It’s worthy of a large audience; it’s their loss for not having found you, or choosing to not take advantage of what’s there.

    I have so many guards up I’ve become comfortable in them…and I can’t tell from my compound whether or not I’m killing myself emotionally and spiritually…

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you…it means a lot to me that you’re still here and find some value in what I do…and I hear you on the isolation…

  3. BrianD says:

    I’m around but I’m on the periphery…I’ve told enough people enough things off blog that I don’t want it rehashed here if I say or do something they may not like.

    There is a saying, men live lives of quiet desperation. I never heard that inside the church…and I certainly haven’t heard any answer to that saying within the church walls besides the usual. I’m not saying Jesus isn’t ultimately the answer…only that the answers given that they say are Jesus or from Jesus usually are everything but and involve submitting yourself to the Great Pastor and the Church…

  4. Michael says:

    I don’t give a damn if people like it or not.
    You have an ownership here earned from years of work.
    I know many of us are at varying levels of desperation…the pop church doesn’t deal with it well…

  5. BrianD says:


    The pop church is a fantastic place to go if you want to be yelled at, told you need to give and give and tithe and tithe, to hear from a particular political perspective, and you know the rest.

    For what it’s worth, you’re doing an excellent job. The history of Christianity is full of people who are marginalized and ignored and insulted while doing the right thing; we don’t have many examples of the pop church only because the society it rose up in has existed for just a few decades. If ancient Rome and Judea had megachurches and the internet and reality TV and all that, you’d have read about those hypothetical James MacDonald/Mark Driscoll types by now in the history books.

    You’re faithful where it counts, and if there is a God He will most certainly recognize that.

  6. Em says:

    It is raining cats and dogs up here and there’s an old horse out in the paddock still in her heavy winter coat soaking wet and looking miserable. She is 20 feet from her shelter…. must be a spiritual application in there somewhere…. ? ?

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    BrianD – if the pop church has you down, go to a small uncool church like I do.
    Come to a place that makes the pastor wear a dress to keep him humble and the only thing he asks from us is that we stand, sit, bow and kneel at the right time. 🙂

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