Church, Who Needs It?

YOU DO! I do!

The Body…the church…is the Bride of Christ. It has mucho problems because it is made up of broken people like me…like you.

But even the Lone Ranger had a buddy.

And we really do, we really do, we really do need each other.

Philip Yancey wrote a little book years ago with the title being the same as the title of this blog entry.

It remains well worth reading…if you can handle it.

One of my favorite memories of the book is when Yancey says AA meetings are more like church should be than church is.

“Hi, I’m Jack, and I’m a scoundrel, a sinner, and if you knew everything about me you wouldn’t want to listen to me…but that’s cool; because if I knew everything about you I’d not want to talk to you.”

Church is one of the phoniest places I know. People put on their “good Christian” suit, their “praise the Lord” smile, and lie frequently when asked, “How are you doing?”

Those were my thoughts when I saw this early today:

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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