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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
October 24th, 2016 by Joel Watts

how to kill a church

Found this on FB.


In the West, we are suffering a drought of institutional loyalty. To combat this, the institutions have focused inwardly. Because that works.

Rather, institutions have become separated from the instituted. That’s why they focus inwardly. Because they aren’t trying to grow. They are trying to maintain.

What are the ways churches inwardly focus?

I’ll let you answer that.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “how to kill a church”
  1. A little levity for a Monday morning.
    “If a person is focused on themselves, we call them shellfish”.
    As in, crabby. Or maybe…not kosher?

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