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BEING PART OF A GROUP

“It takes courage to stand up against your enemies. It takes more courage to stand up against your friends.”

(Peter Vardy)

Social context is huge.  It does not need to be determinative. It does seem however to be determinative many times.

I have been in and among many churches and Christian organizations. One question I’ve asked which shows the power/influence of social cohesion is: Name one person who has raised an issue of concern about their respective church, school, etc. and was that person marginalized, fired, or promoted? I get lots of silence.

Sad reality and it is the kind of thing which made Niebuhr cynical about groups, including the church. But the church can and must do better. And I know several pastors who do, so I stay sane!

 

HOW MANY ANGELS…

CAN DANCE ON THE HEAD OF A PIN?  

I post this the day before April Fools Day so you will know I am not joking by the speculations below.

I’m sure you’ve heard the question before.  Here are some possibilities:

301,655,172 (According to Talmudic scholars)

297,814,995,628,536,548,496,165,479,368,800,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (According to seventeenth-century German Jesuit Gaspar Schott)

Source: Divine Fury by Darrin McMahon, p. 256.