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This is a short one today.  There are some people who believe that decline of the church is inevitable.  There are even some pastors who believe this.  I’m not one of them.

Often when I hear about inevitable decline of the church I hear people say this with a sense of hopelessness.

I don’t buy it.  At the same time, I do believe that the church is in the midst of change.  For me, this stems from the idea that the church is in the business of resurrection.  We proclaim death and resurrection, so why shouldn’t the church experience this too?  we proclaim transformation, so why shouldn’t the church experience this too?  But inevitable decline?  I don’t recall Jesus ever talking about that.