Great Buechner Quote on “The Church”

In light of our series on loving the church in all its glory and messiness, I wanted to post this from Frederick Buechner.  It is from his sermon “The Church” in Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons (New York, HarperOne, 2006), pp. 146-53. Jesus made his church out of human beings with more…

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Checking back in with Jason Byassee (pt. 1): Theology, Writing, Social Media & the Local Church

For our series on “Loving the Church” in all its grit, grime and glory, we had some exchanges with Jason Byassee.  Before accepting an appointment as Senior Minister at Boone United Methodist Church (North Carolina), Jason worked at Duke Divinity School, heading up their Center for Theology, Writing and Media.  Since a lot of our…

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Churches and the Church: Soaring Vision | Messy Reality

This new series is devoted to loving the church. A hard sell.  Especially for younger Christians for whom leaving the church, or at least heftily criticizing it, is vogue.  Those departures and critiques not entirely without some justification.  I wrote in my book on cynicism toward the church that as “an untidly conglomeration” of damaged,…

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No one expects perfect people… just perfect churches

Two ongoing series are underway here at HR.  Joel Busby is writing on “The Process of Missional Engagement.”  We are also looking at the church in all its splendor (and disappointing ugliness) through a series called “Loving the Church.” “Nobody’s perfect.” This anthropological confession easily rolls off the tongue (more easily than “anthropological confession”).  Most…

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The Surprise of Self-Righteousness

[“Loving the Church: The Soaring Theological Vision | The On-the-Ground, Messy Reality” is a new ongoing series for HR.  The Process of Missional Engagement is still underway, and there will be random blog posts from here and there,  some from guest contributors]   The church is beset by ailments innumerable, of which many voices in…

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