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Why do we have churches?

posted Aug 9, 2018, 5:37 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Aug 23, 2018, 8:28 PM ]

Dear Friends,


Here’s a pop quiz for this Thursday afternoon:  Why do we have churches?


Okay... it’s a little bit of a trick question (and maybe a tiny bit unfair!).  But it’s also an important question.  After all, if we aren’t clear about why churches exist, heow can we possibly know what we should be doing?  Without knowing for sure what we should be about guarantees that we’ll spend too much time spinning our wheels!


Some people assume church is about making people be good.  It’s easy to imagine that church is a human betterment project.  It’s tempting to think that just as schools are about teaching, hospitals about healing and businesses about making money….so churches are about moralism and pietism.


Would you be surprised to hear that Jesus probably wouldn’t agree?  Our texts for Sunday present what at first glance seem to be contradictory messages about this question – in John 6 Jesus presents himself as the bread of life, and then in Ephesians 4 Paul offers an admonition that of all things Christians might be, being kind ought to be at the top of the list.  So, which is it?  Eat and live, or be good and live?


I probably don’t have a simple answer, but on Sunday I hope to help us think more creatively about this difficult and important question.  Come and join us!




Rich Pleva, Pastor

Zwingli United Church of Christ

Paoli, Wisconsin


“A small church with a big and open heart!”