We went to an "event" at a local church last night. (Not our church.) Lots of good music. Some preaching. At the end the pastor just wanted us all to leave "knowing Jesus loves you". All good, for sure. But we left wondering whatever happened to a call for radical conversion? Whatever happened to preaching the necessity of new birth, of taking up your cross and following Christ? Instead we keep getting pablum about joining this or that fellowship and we will come alongside you and gently disciple you, hoping someday you decide to trust Jesus. Maybe I'm just feeling old today, but I sure would like for the gospel to be laid out for people. I sure would like for people to know they need to be born again. I sure would like for them to hear Jesus saves AND WHEN HE DOES HE RADICALLY CHANGES THE HEART. I live in a town rife with drug abuse, poverty, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and with a high crime rate. We need folks radically converted FROM sin, not petted along offering to let them hold onto sin as long as they want it and just adding in a little fire insurance and sloppy agape. OK, I feel better and will get off my little soap box now.