First Church had been declining in membership and attendance for years. Twenty years
ago worship attendance was 220, but had dwindled down to 53. Every three or four years
they would receive a new pastor. With each new pastor they hoped he or she would be
able to bring new members into the church.
Across the street from the church was a bowling alley. Over the years, the people in the
church complained when beer cans were found in front of the church. On Saturday night,
the bowling alley would be filled with people. One pastor challenged the congregation to
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.