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The cover quote for this week's Order of Worship:
American religion is a mass of contradictions. We want community, but on strictly individual terms. We want human closeness without feeling cramped or obligated. We want a personal God who doesn’t ask much personally. We want mystery, but in a controlled, non-disruptive way. We want a faith that’s fulfilling, practical, earthy, tolerant, transcendent, fun, empowering, morally serious without being morally demanding, a faith that restores wonder and deepens intimacy, and we want it not to cost too much or take up too much time.

—Mark Buchanan, “A New Beginning” (in Books and Culture)


i think that guy knows me...
American religion just got owned.

G0d 0wNZ j00!!@!
That hits a little too close to home. In the last few years I've started working on changing that for myself. Tough stuff. Thanks for the reminder.