When Christians in one body instinctively mourn with the mourners in another, or rejoice with the rejoicers, we see the ecumenical spirit at work. We Protestants did not mourn the deaths of Popes Pius XI and XII, but we did spontaneously join in lamenting Pope John XXIII’s death. Today is another lamentation day.
Scripture assures us that “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” But pastors and lay leaders end up spending a lot of time fussing with the church structures—the “physical plant,” as we have learned to call it.
When Church Became Theater: The Transformation of Evangelical Church Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America
Jeanne Halgren Kilde
Ugly as Sin: Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces—and How We Can Change Them Back Again
Michael S. Rose
Building from Belief: Advance, Retreat, and Compromise in the Remaking of Catholic Church Architecture
Michael E. DeSanctis
From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History