Encountering God as a Reality

Louis Cassels, a writer on religion, says in a recent article that the possibility of encountering God as a reality here and now is putting new life into the church "at the very moment it seems most in danger of dying." Dallas Times Herald, July 31, 1970;

He discusses the ailments of the church today—memberships declining, attendance off, giving down, demoralization among the clergy, and conflict over the church's stand on social issues. However, he sounds an encouraging note in these words: "But in the midst of all these discouraging developments, something new and infinitely hopeful is taking place."

He adds: "It is a rediscovery of the dynamic reality which the early Christian Community called 'the power of the spirit.'... People who've never been much interested in theological speculations about God are intensely interested in the possibility of actually encountering God as a reality that can be known and experienced here and now."

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"Loss is gain"
August 14, 1971

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