The Heretical Imperative Revisited

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2008

Wherever the gospel has gone, there is a protection of the sacredness of time, the sacredness of space, and the sacredness of community.
Many lament the vast diversity of Protestant denominations on the American landscape: Why cannot we Christians agree more often? Denominations allegedly undermine the unity of the church. Let me suggest it is not denominations that undermine the unity of the church, but rather the way in which most Americans relate to church in the first place. The recent massive survey of religion in American life by the Pew Forum on Religion reminded us that church commitment sits lightly on those who attend church. The study told us that Americans shop for church as they might shop for groceries. There ...

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