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I Had a Bad Experience with…

By idaflo | June 9th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Christ on crossHelpful insights from Pastor Larry Peters over at:

Pastoral Meanderings

The Random Thoughts of a Lutheran Parish Pastor

Often we hear from people who have left the Church or the faith that they had a bad experience with the Church or with a Pastor or with somebody in the Church…. etc… It would seem that there is not much to commend the Church or those who belong to the Church or those who serve the Church as Pastor that so many people have had such bad experiences that it has caused them to be distant from the means of grace and remove themselves from the fellowship life of God’s people around His Word and Sacraments.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that Pastors and people in the Church have behaved badly and done terrible things (from the obvious of sexual abuse to a cold shoulder shown to new folks).  I know that I have failed in many ways to fulfill the full hope, promise, and scope of the Office of Pastor committed to me in my ordination and renewed each time I was installed into a particular parish.  But I wonder if there is not something more than simply the failures of the Church, the people in the pew and the Pastors who serve her...(continue reading here)

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