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Living in Christ without The Church

October 9, 2016

Henri Nouwen had a greater impact than we’ll ever know this side of eternity. If his name’s new to you, do a quick search and be blessed.

In an uncorrected proof of a book my friend and colleague Rev. Jessica Baldyga shared with me, I found this in a letter Henri wrote — 

“In the long run, living in Christ without being connected with the church is impossible. I have seen this over and over again. The church continues to be the place where Christ calls us to faithfulness and from where Christ sends us out into the world.”

I gotta get ready for worship. In the church. How about you?


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  1. Belinda Sinks permalink

    I wish that ” living in Christ without being connected with the church is impossible.” wasn’t impossible. I really did think it might be possible? Hope it was possible? Worshiping at home is not good enough?

    Maybe it is the social unrest due to the recent black lives matter, all lives matter, blue lives matter issues that drives fear/hatred. Maybe it is this crazy election that makes friends,neighbors, colleagues forget that we are all entitled to an opinion. Social media fuels these fires while hurricanes and other natural disasters kill and children in our own communities go hungry and almost unnoticed.

    My apologies for rambling. I do not feel as though my God has failed me. I do however feel as though the people who make up my church have failed me. Lately I have been going to a different church every week. It’s not the same as being connected but it is what it is for now. I don’t need a church where everyone has the same views as I have. I just need one where there is a sense of inclusion and the big picture is about God, his plan for us, doing his work…not arguing social issues.

    Thanks for letting me vent. I’m sure it will all come to rest. In the mean time I will continue to serve my Lord to the best of my ability.


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