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More Than Arithmetic

It is true that the metaphor of growth is used frequently, as in “church growth” and “growing churches.” But it is also obvious that the metaphor has been torn out of its origin in biology and emasculated into an abstract and soulless item of arithmetic, a usage as remote from the biblical soil as is imaginable – an outrageous perversion of the metaphor and responsible for an enormous distortion in the Christian imagination of what is involved in living in the kingdom of God.

- Eugene Peterson, Practicing Resurrection (Eerdmans, 2010), p. 3.