(RNS) Church-as-Sunday-morning isn’t working; it probably never worked as much as we wanted. It certainly isn’t what Jesus envisioned. Christians were to share a common life and pray “unceasingly,” not gather occasionally for worship in a large, walled-off space.
Articles tagged “Tom Ehrich”
(RNS) Self-centeredness is nothing new, of course. But for a time, ideals of community and shared sacrifice seemed to hold self-centeredness in check. Many of us think our nation is still playing by ethical rules that restrained an essential selfishness. Not so.
(RNS) Old ideas just need to be abandoned and something fresh and responsive allowed to emerge. Old ideas always benefit someone, and those someones tend to push back to protect their benefits. But that self-protective push-back isn’t a viable strategy.
SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) The politicians in Washington who are maneuvering for a federal shutdown should come to Central Park on El Camino Real where real people live, love and value each other instead of trying to tear down the government.
POLAND, Ohio (RNS) Destructive elements in Congress might yet succeed in shutting down the government. But they won’t cripple an emerging fervor among the faithful to bind up the nation’s wounds.
NEW YORK (RNS) I walk past Best Buy on Fifth Avenue and feel no urge to go inside. Same with the Apple store. I’m just not wowed anymore, and it’s the same lesson that churches are painfully learning.
(RNS) We should be acknowledging the fundamental reality that we are “all in this together,” that everything we do has impact on someone else. Instead, we deny the impacts of our behavior.
(RNS) Many congregations feel obliged to have long interim periods between pastors, during which all vestiges of the departed incumbent are erased, as if the transition were a traumatic divorce and remarriage, rather than a normal fact of institutional life.
(RNS) Our images of God, songs of worship and language of prayer tend to be those that were imprinted on us early on. It can take great patience and self-denial to hear another generation’s soundtrack of faith and take it seriously.
(RNS) Perfection is a savage god. It doesn’t just isolate you from other people. Perfection corrupts your soul by making an idol of your tastes and preferences.