QUOTE: "Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened and untouched. Maybe it's familiarly, the predictability of pattern and content that I find boring, superficially exciting at best, where emotions sometimes get stirred that get unstirred by the time I reach my car. ... I think [this] is rather a widespread thing among people in my generation. ... [But] I hope people get away from the idea that God is a genie that you rub a lamp and call it a prayer and you get everything you want. That is not how it works at all. I just hope people would see this is an incredible privilege that there is a vision for the church that is so high and lofty that it is only possible only through people who are fully dedicated to Christ. Hopefully we will get people moving in that direction." —well-known Christian psychologist and author Larry Crabb, who after 65 years of attending church, admits in his latest book, Real Church, that he doesn't want to go anymore—at least not if things remain status quo. While spending months querying people about their thoughts on today's church, Crabb says his "disappointment, frustration and concern with church" seems to be a consensus. Rather than just presenting a list of problems, he hopes his latest book offers a vision of the kind of church God desires. [christianpost.com, 8/28/09]
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