All Souls Day
As this is All Souls Day, when we pray for the ongoing purification of those in Purgatory (and if we're smart, the purging that we're supposed to be getting now), I present to you a list. Come and listen to wisdom, my friends.
Update: Purgatory Explained. Check out Aquilina's "Soul Food" for the history.
5 Ways I Would Change the Contemporary American Church
1. No more TV preachers. I am convinced that no good comes of them. And even if it did, Joel Osteen burns my nostrils so badly that I don't think it even makes up for it.
2. Protestant rapprochement with Rome. Most of the Protestants I know only think of the Catholic Church in terms of medieval stereotypes. It's perfectly valid and even needful to have calm, fair, accurate criticisms of another church, but at least base it on something real.
Case in point: how many real Protestants really know that papal infallibility doesn't mean that the Pope is believed to be sinless?
3. I'd like to see church-going people stop all of their religious activities and vet them all according to one single, all-important question: will the thing I'm doing really make me (and us!) more like Jesus?
4. No more labels. Most of these people out there don't know what liberal really means, or what a heretic really is.
Why "Liberal" Really is a Dirty Word and Heretics: Watch Your Damned Language.
5. Quit insisting that people affirm certain code words as a litmus test for biblical orthodoxy. Instead, let's look at the lived practice of the Christian commitment, and then ask whether somebody seems to have a high view of Scripture or not.
See also Nothing Could Be Closer to the Truth
What do you think? Am I on or off? Do you have a list?