The pomo obsession with “spirituality” over “religion” and “churchless” Christianity over “institutional” Christianity is a ridiculous cop out. This semester I’ve had students some read Kevin de Young and Ted Kluck’s book Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. There is a cool quote in this book: “Churchless Christianity makes about as much sense as a Christless church, and has just as much biblical warrant”. That itself is based on a quotation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The Body of Christ takes up space on earth. The Body of Christ can only be a visible body, or else it is not a body at all.”
Two of my favorite church quotes are:
“You cannot have God as your Father, without the Church as your Mother”
– John Calvin.
“The church is the people, not the steeple.”