I used to have really high expectations for church. I was looking for the best possible confluence of liturgy, doctrine, practice and (once upon a time) that overused word community. Eighteen long years of banging my head against a wall have disabused me of most of these notions. I used to see Anglicanism as possibly the last, best hope of a future for Western Christendom if only it was properly revitalized and returned to its foundational tenets. Now I see it as just another vessel that is deeply flawed and may not be trending in the right direction.

A wise friend of mine told me that if you are primarily being spiritually fed outside of the church, then it is best to just pick the best local church and go there. After all these years of striving for something better, I am inclined to agree with him.

2 thoughts on “Church”

  1. Dear Joel,

    Church can indeed be discouraging! I remember hearing Chuck Swindoll say (probably not original to him) “being a pastor would be great if it weren’t for the people.” Please don’t give up on the Anglican Way! You were right – it is the best expression of the Faith when it is true to its foundation. I am pastor of a small Anglican parish, and our goal is simply to be the Anglican Church in Palm Bay Florida.

    Be the Anglican Church where you are.

    I am always amazed when I read Matthew 25: God’s answer to thirst is not a great water project, it is: give the thirsty person you see a drink of water.

    Be the Anglican hurch where you are.

    God bless you.


  2. Thanks Don. I will still be going to an excellent ACNA parish, but I have very low expectations for it and for Anglicanism as a whole.

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