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Embrace mystery

It's our challenge as 21st century believers

Mystery. It's not much in favor these days. Modern consciousness has little respect for the unseen and unknown. We're much more comfortable with sound bytes from the experts and tidy philosophical or psychological systems that have an explanation for every situation. Television programs lead us to think that every problem has a solution that can be found in an hour or two, minus the time for commercials.

Politicians, educators, scientists, writers, self-help psychologists and even many preachers seem to have everything all figured out. If we need answers, they're more than willing to give them.

There is another way to be in our world, and those of us in the church have been challenged to demonstrate it. Paul wrote: "Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries" (1 Corinthians 4:1).


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