Missing God in the Suburbs

Finding the spiritual edge in the midst of comfort, choice, and clutter.

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In this article, Dave Goetz examines the life and mindset of a typical American suburbanite. It’s a lifestyle that can easily lead to spiritual complacency—or, at the other extreme, a spiritual restlessness characterized by chronic church hopping, forever seeking the one with the latest “buzz.” The antidote? Finding and sticking with one local church, weathering the inevitable storms, and being willing to make adjustments—sometimes slight, sometimes major—along the way.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 12; Genesis 27:41–28:22; Ephesians 4; Job 13:15–16; Psalm 22; Hebrews 2:9–18


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God may be worshiped anywhere, but it’s best to worship him regularly in one place.
Teaching point two: Suffering can bring us closer to God.
    • Apply Your Findings


    • Suburban Spirituality, by David Goetz (July 2003, Page 30, 16 printed pages)

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