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Alex Garleb

Bravo Lee! This post faithfully and insightfully summarizes my experience/failures as a would-be disciple of Christ for the last 25 years!

David Clotfelter

Excellent, Lee. Isn't amazing how our idolatry follows us into the Christian life and dogs us as we seek to grow? I think there is a place where Screwtape comments that the devils tempt nowhere so effectively as near the altar.


Greetings Lee. Your email re the new blog hit my inbox and I was 'forced' to check it out and see how you were. I would luv to meet up with you. BTW re your comment in the blog on '(un)faith-filling' substitutes, I was reminded of a book I am finishing with some other men with whom I meet for breakfast, "Overcoming a Powerless Christianity" by Charles Kraft. Reading it is kinda like being in an old book store and working your way into a dusty corner few venture into... then after sneezing some dust off a shelf there is this book. You are put off at first. Yet, it IS intriguing for various reasons but the title grabs you. Yea, it's like that :-)

Joe Brancaleone

Seems the stress found in scriptures is balanced among what one is given as well as what one does with it. The three substitutes for faith you cite are different ways of undercutting that.

It makes so much sense that the biblical litmus test of the genuine-ness of our faith has to do with something as concrete as growing and maturing in transformed, Christ-centered relationships. The scriptures are as much a mirror as they are story and picture and proclamation, doesn't it seem? The implied challenge is ever present to come to know Christ consistent in principle with how these various characters of scripture knew Christ, having our lives and relationships reshaped just like theirs. It can't be accidental that most of what we are taught about God in scriptures are explained in terms of how God has related to other men and women in the past.

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