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4 Responses to “Not Crazy After All”

  1. Mark R Marten says:

    Mike, Great stuff! Thanks for doing what you do… making things clear in a confusing & crazy world. Mark

  2. Bob Snelling says:

    I took a closer look. The quote about the sons of Issachar comes from 1st Chronicles. In 1 Chron 12:32, David was recruiting an army of soldiers when the word of Saul’s death was not yet fully known. Solomon was not yet born. Centuries would pass before the Babylonian exile. Can someone explain better to me how the sons of Issachar were experts on that exile?

  3. Steve Godfrey says:

    Bob,

    I think what Mike is saying is that the writer of 1 Chronicles (you are right about the reference) is looking back on Israel’s history after the exile to try to make sense of what had happened. Given this historical context, when he notes the Sons of Issachar understood the times, by implication he’s suggesting that many others did not. It’s a great point that I hadn’t thought of before.

    It feels to me like most of the evangelical world is committed to the same formula: get them in the door, entertain them, and sprinkle in a little gospel. I don’t think it’s working. Something radically different is needed, something that challenges the isolating impact of technology and encourages true community and authenticity. This is what I long for and what I long my three sons to have and enjoy.

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    Steve got it (he’s a better writer than I am!). The Sons of Issachar recognizes reality, whether it was exile or whatever. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality” (Max de Pree)

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