Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Church as a collection of islands

Dan Edelen writes incisively about loneliness, isolation, and the church:
In your church and mine, sheep have wandered away from the fold. Jesus beseeched us to go get them. AloneI used to think that had something to do with blatant sin in the missing sheep's life, but now I understand how easy it is to drift away for no other reason than people simply forget that sheep was ever there.


Blogger Dan Edelen said...


Thanks for the link!

I didn't mean that excerpt to be harsh. It's just easy to forget people. We get busy with our own lives and the lives of other people vanish into the mist. Very sad, but not necessarily a willful act.

We miss someone in church then realize it's been two months since we've seen them. What we need to do is be more conscious of that reality and start addressing how our church communities maintain an internal connection from day to day.

1:18 AM, November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how much of this is related to our not truly being a relational people anymore. As Dan says, we seem so caught up in our personal lives and not really all that aware of others.

However there is a two way street here. Those who slip away, at least as we are decribing them, seem to do so without any effort of communication or reaching out themselves. Is it because they are so absorbed in their own lives as well?

Our culture has changed so very much from being one in which people were dependent upon each other just to get by, to a culture that is independent and much more technologically isolated from each other.

Anyway Dan brings up an important issue. However, it is not a simple one.

Thanks for the heads up Milton.

Blessings in Christ Jesus.

6:12 AM, November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a link to a convicting article that relates to the ideas expressed in your post called "She Just Quit" by Steven Clark Goad:

7:39 AM, November 16, 2006  
Blogger Dan Edelen said...


Your link brought tears to my eyes. I plan on using it as a follow-up to my post.


10:07 AM, November 16, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for the link.

4:40 PM, November 16, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Phil. Dan does indeed bring up an important issue.

4:41 PM, November 16, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Dan, and I hope the excerpt didn't make you sound harsh. Thanks for continuing to speak the truth at CS. Peace.

4:41 PM, November 16, 2006  

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