When a Church is Not a Church, Part 2

Part 7 of series: What is a Church? When a Church is Not a Church, Part 2 In my last post, I argued something fairly commonplace: that the word “church,” understood theologically, does not refer to a building but to the congregation who uses it. This is not news, though it deserves to be repeated. [Read More…]

When a Church is Not a Church, Part 1

Part 6 of series: What is a Church? When a Church is Not a Church, Part 1 When I was young, I learned the little rhyme that goes like this: Here is the church, Here is the steeple, Open the doors, See all the people. Of course it didn’t dawn on me at the time [Read More…]

Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 3

Part 5 of series: What is a Church? Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 3 In my last two posts I began exploring various sources from which people get their ideas of what a church should be. These included: 1. Past experience of church 2. Pop culture 3. The news 4. A [Read More…]

Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 2

Part 4 of series: What is a Church? Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 2 Yesterday I began considering the sources of people’s ideas about church. To review, here are my first two points: 1. People get their ideas of church from their past experience of church. 2. People get their ideas [Read More…]