I'm always amazed how dissimilar people in the same church can be. These days it's tough to adjust from one series of cultural heroes and theological nuances to the next. A pastor runs into so many kinds of personal tastes that it's almost impossible to "become all things to all men"-even Christians.

I would love to sense the like-mindedness that is the mortar of close koinonia-kinship. But we are all so different! Sometimes the differences that most nettle are of little real consequence.

For instance, I fashion myself a connoisseur of art. I remember visiting one of our church members who was displaying a new oil painting in the living room. It matched the velour of the couch perfectly. I wondered silently, What if Michelangelo had given his life to painting pictures that matched carpets and couches?

"I see you have a new painting," I said.

The proud new collector nodded.

"Did you get it at the Holiday Inn art sale?"

"Yes! How ever did you know?"

"Just a guess." Actually, it was more than a ...

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