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Larry Alex Taunton recently conducted a series of interviews with people who have become atheists, and reported his discoveries in The Atlantic magazine (June 2013). He found that most people become atheists after spending time in church. Is there a lesson here for us? Does today's gospel reading help us with this?
For material based on today's epistle text, see "Wooden Surgery," January 24, 1993, at HomileticsOnline.com. "Repent," says Jesus to the people of Galilee, "for the kingdom of heaven has come near" (v. 17).
People want to hear this. They really do.
You might be surprised to learn that many people become atheists because they are not hearing a strong message of spiritual transformation. "Repent," says Jesus -- turn your life around. Jesus invites people to follow him and discover the amazing and unexpected closeness of the kingdom of heaven.
Atheists don't want less Christianity. They want a more serious and vital version of it.