I love the church. It's harder to love specific congregations.
I told her she was upsetting people with her message of accusation and fear. She responded by telling someone nearby that they were going to hell.
It's no surprise that Nicodemus goes home befuddled. If discipleship doesn't come with some confusion, it probably isn't Jesus you're following.
Our guests know that resurrection defies logic. That is why they come sidling through our doors—every one of them comes hoping for it.
We like to think of our congregations as families. That's a powerful thing—but it can also be exclusive and off-putting.