Why Does God Need the Church?

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Theologian Gerhard Lohfink asks a provocative question: “Does God need the church?”  In his book titled with that question, he answers with a resounding “yes!”  The church, he argues, is essential to God’s mission and work in the world.  But for those of us sitting in many churches on Sunday morning it is hard to see how God might need us.  We look around at our half empty pews and we see a dying church, an aging congregation.  Then we go to a vestry meeting and look at our church budget where we … [Read more...]

Church as Counterpublic? (Emergent Reactions)

For the past couple of days I've been listening to Phyllis Tickle and her friends explore the landscape of Emergence Christianity.  There was much provocation, a lot of questions asked and answered, and some deep and meaningful insights that I'll be carrying with me for at least the coming weeks, if not longer.  For the next few days I'll be unpacking some of my thoughts in response to the conference as I work through them.  Today's post, then, is sort of the first in a series.I'm not an Em … [Read more...]


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