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In Praise of the Institutional Church

In Praise of the Institutional Church

In celebration of Ash Wednesday, and my struggle to maintain my confidence in the Church, I share this wonderful paragraph from the Christian Century (1/12/2010), Slow Motion Conversion, p. 30: Carol Zaleski writes:  “How would we know Christ without the institutional church? Who else would preserve the great secret of the gospel for us through the centuries, keeping it safe in the wilderness of opinions? We live in a world of institutions or in no world at all., and the…

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I Don’t Want to Be Governor

I Don’t Want to Be Governor

Tim Pawlenty has my sympathy. It’s budget time, and he’s trying to lead our great state in spending only what it takes in. That’s a very painful equation now with a depressed economic climate, declining federal support and increasing demands on education and health care.  He says he wants a budget that will cut everything but K-12 education, safety and veteran’s benefits. I get it, but it is going to be insane. And I mean that literally. The hospitals and…

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The Church in Recession : What Now?

The Church in Recession : What Now?

My occasional column for the Savage Pacer was just published yesterday. I wrote about the financial free fall the mainline denominations are in with the current recession. If you want to read the full column, go here. Here’s my concluding paragraph: The storm that my denomination finds itself in will one day blow through, and a different way of being the church in the world will have to be found and lived. In every generation, it has never been the…

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