Saturday, September 08, 2007

How to Shop for Churches



The other Kyle can't go with us to afternoon Mass at St. Patrick's Church because of his work schedule. In the meantime, we've been sniffing around for a service of divine worship that he might attend on Sunday mornings. There's a local, large Reformed church that I'd heard good things about (in regard to its liturgy), but when I asked a friend who attends, his first comment was that the preacher really loves to talk about homosexuality and abortion, which surprised me. That's probably not a congregation any of us is going to get excited about.

I mean, what business does a pulpiteer have talking about abortion or homosexuality of nobody in the congregation is doing or about to do those things? Why is it interesting? Why is it important? Are preachers at these large evangelical churches really pacing back and forth talking about how non-baptized people should live?

That's not to say that anybody wants to attend a mainline denomination so they can hear about the war in Iraq, either...

Okay, back to the dissertation...

2 comments:

Thomas Mohan said...

I'm fairly certain there are baptized men pressuring women into having abortions - so it is not just the unbaptized who threaten young lives. Those guys need talking to. I think that issues of bio-ethics find their place in certain gospels but if this is a liturgical church following the lectionary and if the liturgy of the word becomes something other than partaking of sacred scripture and sound homiletics then I would agree it misses the mark.

Peter said...

You ARE still planning on attending the anti extended sale of alcohol rally with me on Tuesday -- right? Everyone will be there!