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  1. Know More Than I Should

    The following constitutes some observations concerning the five points of Paul Borden’s model:
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    1. This will only occur when church members stop feeling superior to the world.
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    2. Being friendly is one thing. To love thy neighbor as thy self is something altogether different.
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    3. Given the egos involved, that will happen only after some place hotter than Death Valley in July freezes over!
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    4. This is curious since, despite the problems with PKs and PWs, the pastor’s family exists to prove the scheme works.
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    5. This dog and pony show will probably prove to be about as effective as rich snobbish old white men in the Republican Party trying to be minority friendly!
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    In sum, to be effective, the church is going to have to become something other than a quasi-country club for what’s left of that endangered species formerly known as the middle class. As the fortunes of America continue to decline, the church will likewise have to divest itself of property, pretense, and politics if it is to fulfill the Great Commission.
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    When it comes to pure witness of God’s love, the Amish serve as an excellent model. Despite the sect’s eccentricities, these are the folks most likely to show up when misfortune befalls others, do the dirty work others feel beneath their dignity, shun publicity for having as Jesus commanded, and quietly move on asking nothing in return.

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