By Carnegie Samuel Calian
Carnegie Calian demanding situations church buildings and their individuals to turn into dedicated to their very own luck and to take possession in their destiny. He identifies ten keys to congregational power, together with biblical literacy, prayer, wisdom, and forgiveness, and means that those turn into the cornerstone of a holistic method of congregational vitality.
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None of us can escape the importance of history. Whether we respect it or reject it, the good as well as the bad is woven into a tapestry that constitutes our past, individually and collectively. However, we seem to limit severely what we learn from our personal stories and collective history. This behavior among mainline church members expresses not only our growing disunity, but also reveals our ignorance of past battles in the church. We forget the lessons of the past. Or perhaps we selectively remember only what conveniently nurtures our biases?
This discussion closes with the insightful words of theologian William C. Placher, w h o views the Bible as simply a matter of trust. " We trust the Bible because we have come to trust the God about whom it tells us. The process moves in a kind of circle: we also trust in that God in significant part because of what we learn in the Bible. Nor should Christians look, I think, for a single entry point into this circle. No one doctrine provides the foundation on which we believe all the others. We find ourselves trusting, in a way we sometimes find ourselves in love, without being able to define the steps that led to that state, and the elements that shape our trust are all tied together in complicated ways.
Beep and beep again. There was a long pause. The telephone line played a recording of Bruce Springsteen singing a Bach cantata accompanied by a choir comprising 2,000 clones of Linda Ronstadt. Then, a voice came on that was neither male nor female, neither loud nor soft. In fact, I couldn't even give it a quality—it seemed to vibrate through the very molecules of nature and permeate my cells and my thoughts. I knew it must, at last, be God. "Thank you for calling," the voice said. "Your call is very important to me.
Survival or Revival: Ten Keys to Church Vitality by Carnegie Samuel Calian