ARTHA* SELDOM MINCED WORDS. She grew up in a Seventh-day Adventist home and had not attended church for several months. When the church secretary called to set up an appointment for a pastoral visit, she retorted, “Don’t ask me for money. I have nothing to do with the church. Don’t call me when the church needs funds.”
The secretary politely explained that she wasn’t calling for money, but to express, on behalf of the pastoral staff, her concerns about Martha’s absence from church services. Nevertheless, the conversation ended abruptly without a commitment from Martha--no appointment was made for the pastor to visit her.
A month later Martha attended church. She wore a facade that seemed to say, “Don’t ask me to do anything,” and ... »