John Updike, ‘Seven Stanzas at Easter’

I am endlessly moved by this poem.Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids rekindle,the Church will fall. It was not as the flowers,each soft Spring recurrent;it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddledeyes of the eleven apostles;it [...]

Big city church (4): The deadly passion for small church

We're now going to turn to the reason why the longing for small church, for the sake of intimacy, is a terrible and destructive ideal. Firstly, it doesn't understand the nature of church. The church is not a community seeking to create intimacy; it is a community intimately united to Christ, and only then to [...]