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Beyond Buildings, Bylaws, and Budgets

September 9, 2018

EXCERPT: “From the pulpit to the pew, churchgoers will privately admit their disbelief at the ways the church focuses on buildings, bylaws and budgets to the neglect of those the church is meant to serve. Many are working to insulate their spirituality from the narrowness of much of the church.

“Church meetings veer off the topic of God’s love, get consumed by repetitive complaints, and end up with policy discussions that have little to do with sharing hope.

“A church member complained to me recently, exasperated by a church meeting, ‘There was no mention of God after the opening prayer.'”

— That’s from a brilliant parody that’s not at all satirical. This week The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed piece for the first time in its history.

Our Baptist friends have adopted the spirit of that editorial. While this is perhaps a surprising source, it’s unquestionably provocative —

— I’d love to hear your response to that.

See you back here tomorrow.


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