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Please pray for a couple who are friends of ours from our former church.  They have been very involved and remain so for the time being.  They have been asking tough questions in delicate and not so delicate ways in order to challenge and ascertain why…if this is a church focusing on youth and keeping them in the church…that many of the leadership’s children are running into a clearly emergent church.  This after the lead pastor said in a sermon that the church was ” not emergent” and that those who say it is or is leaning that way (he was referencing us) are telling lies from the pit of hell.  They have become alarmed with things and are trying to get pastors to really ask themselves some hard questions, from what I can tell.  Hard road.

Well, they were recently in a car accident and the wife has a “slight fracture” in her neck.  She’s in a brace for 6 weeks but can be home.  The husband really hurt his knee.  This is very stressful for them as they have other health issues.  It seems to me, and this is just me, that every time they ask a few questions they are either struck with some ailment or something like this happens.  When we were going through our deeper questions, they were often out of church for illness and didn’t hear the pastor’s sermons to back up what we heard.  They would have to do the cumbersome job of listening online which meant waiting half the week until it was posted.  If they were sick (brochitis, oh and so many other things…) it was hard enough to listen.  They were so gracious to us, and did try very hard to follow what we were saying.  Now that they are asking their own questions, I was hoping they wouldn’t have to battle physical ailments (well, I was hoping they wouldn’t anyway, but especially now).   I am worried for them as life has been very tough for them.  Please pray.

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My husband and I have been speaking with a friend who sees exactly what we see in terms of emergent/seeker friendly/contemplatives/Warrenite/Hybels and others as a problem.  He also asks some good questions. “When and why might it be necessary to completely disassociate with particular groups?   Or when could one still associate to some degree, but with discernment?”

Any thoughts?

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