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This question still rings in my head: how does this gospel you proclaim do anything real in my life and need here and now?

I think (and know from my own experience) this question demands more than a ‘felt need’ response. We can give people food, shelter, clothing, work, etc… In the name of Christ, and while these things are good, they may not be penetrating to the actual hunger, need, cry of the human heart.

People need, more than anything, to know what true life is, what our purpose in living is, and that things can actually begin to move in the direction of real life here, now, in this place. Is that what our churches are offering them?