Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Faithful Skeptic: Theology Doesn't Matter

here is a great post from The Faithful Skeptic, "Theology Doesn't Matter".

An excerpt:
"People seem to change churches all the time for reasons that have nothing to do with theology. It amazes me that people can step from a liberal Methodist congregation to a conservative/fundamentalist congregation without blinking. What does that say about the theology of our church?

What it tells me is that of all the reasons people go to church, theology is probably not near the top of the list. People go for social activities, support, companionship, worship, music, etc. What bothers me is that I think theology is really important. What we're about as a church is more than the sum of our activities or the format of our worship. What we believe matters a great deal. How is it that our message is making so little impact? Do we have a coherent message?"

I often think this, as I watch people switch in and out of various churches, mine included, in my community. It is a challenge for us to wrestle with.

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