Tuesday, October 20, 2015


'...we live in interwoven networks of terminally casual relationships. We live with the delusion that we know one another, but we really don't. We call our easygoing, self-protective, and often theologically platitudinous conversations 'fellowship' but they seldom ever reach the threshold of true fellowship. We know cold demographic details about one another (married or single, type of job, number of kids, general location of housing etc.), but we know little about the struggle of faith waged every day behind well-maintained personal boundaries.

One of the things that still shocks me in counselling, even after all these years, is how little I often know about people I have counted true friends. I can't tell you how many times, in talking with friends who have come to me for help, that I have been hit with details of difficulty and struggle far beyond anything I would have predicted. Privatism is not just practiced by the lonely unbeliever; it is rampant in the Church as well'

Paul David Tripp, 

'Rubble is the ground on which our deepest friendships are built'

quoted by Ed Shaw in 'The Plausibility Problem', Pages 78-79, 80

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