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...]

Relevant Idols

The church is meant to be an icon--a picture of what divine love looks like that sparks a vision beyond itself.  The opposite of an icon is an idol.  An idol takes an experience of divine love and tries to codify it, make it concrete and turn it into solid, trustworthy, but lifeless, stone.There's a lot of talk in Christian circles about the decline of church in America.  The number of people in the pews are declining and the outlook for many denominations is not good.  In response many ask, … [Read more...]


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