Church Buildings Safe?

September 23, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Isaiah 66:1

“Let’s go to church,” he said. Oops.

He should have said, “Let’s go to the church building.” Jesus did not come to redeem stucco and electrical panels. Jesus did not come for steeples or stained glass contrivances. Jesus came for people.

Photo by Tabitha Mort on

“Sometimes the very walls of our churches separate us from God and each other. In our various naves and sanctuaries we are safely separated from those outside, from other denominations, other religions, separated from the poor, the ugly, the dying.…The house of God is not a safe place. It is a cross where time and eternity meet, and where we are – or should be – challenged to live more vulnerably, more interdependently.” Madeleine L’Engle

Life Application Question: In your view, what is the value of a church building?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

3 thoughts on “Church Buildings Safe?

  1. Hey there Northern Heretic…..! This is the one that struck a chord and went….. * BOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG!!!* Oh so right on and I sometimes wonder about the good and the bad of church…buildings….and membership….and all such things!

    Thanks for your continued writings that keep peck away at this sometimes denser than other times brain of mine! Saloam, Timt


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