Did the church chew you up and spit you out?

"Chewed Up Spit Out" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Chewed Up Spit Out” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Has this happened to you?

It’s happened to me. More than once!

Why do I still believe in the church? Because I believe in community. People have the right to gather together around a commonality. Love deserves company. Fellowship is good.

How can we gather in healthy ways? That’s my burning question.

I’ve been a part of and visited a few communities that learn how to operate in healthy ways, and they’re wonderful. Miracles, really.

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5 Responses

  1. David Waters says:

    People gather together in many organizations with a lot less drama than the church.

  2. Gary says:

    Ain’t that the truth David Waters?

  3. Bernardo says:

    Then there are the self-ejectees like myself where the ejection seat was and are rational conclusions after studying all the information available. To ride the ejection seat, start with the following references:

    o Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the titles of their over 100 books on the subject.

    Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
    – a list of early Christian documents to include the year of publication–and a review of each.

    Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.

    The books of the following : Professors JD Crossan, Gerd Ludemann, Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.

    Father Raymond Brown’s An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.

    Luke Timothy Johnson’s book The Real Jesus

  4. Ducatihero says:

    To a point but then I had to consider where I was responsible for difficulty as well as where the church was responsible. As you say David “no church is perfect” neither am I.

    The trick seems to be – are we are aware of where there is difficulty and what are we prepared to do about it. als lets not forget where there are good things – there had to be something that attracted us to church, people and people to ourselves in the first place, right?

  5. Kris799 says:

    Here is the church,
    Fall into its bowels
    An when you say call ’em on their stuff,
    They’ll spit you out. 😀