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April 19, 2008


Interesting the concept of 'Shirker'... sounds like this will be a very good read as we here in suburbia have no concept of suffering. As our pastor said (paraphrase): our concept of hunger is: I eat at 12 and it's now 12:15, I'm STARVING.


There's plenty of suffering in the suburbs as there is in all parts of the world. There's sadness, divorce, depression, regret, job pressures, self-doubt, self-loathing, illness and more. A quality life is defined by more than whether one has the basic necessities to survive, although these are of course critical.

My experiences of the church were that there was not enough attention paid to addressing these sorts of issues that have direct impact on the lives of the congregants. I wonder whether it is good practice for a pastor to make comparisons between and to make judgments about experiences of suffering. My sense is that it is not.

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