Friday, 12 March 2010

The Flabby Body of Christ. Why is church so dull? A psychotherapist diagnoses the Sunday ritual.

When a friend showed me this article recently, I thought I would share it with those of you who also regularly pass through my blog. If you've been here before, you'll see a very familiar theme in "The Flabby Body of Christ."

As this is not mine, I will share only the opening paragraph with you to tickle your interest, and then ask that you continue reading via the link to the original site. In this way I hope to give credit where credit is due. 
CHURCH is boring. I don’t ever recall hopping out of bed on Sunday morning jazzed about the sermon, even when the preacher was good. I’ve never driven to church in anticipation of hearing the choir or the worship band, even when they included remarkable musicians. When I went, it was to see my friends. I wanted to talk. Sunday school and Bible study were okay, but breezeway and parking lot conversations were the most invigorating.  My utmost communion with the Body of Christ didn’t even happen on the church premises. That happened in some loud restaurant that offered free refills of Diet Coke that helped me power on past noon and large portions that would render me unconscious fifteen minutes after I got home.
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Stephen W. Simpson is a psychologist, writer and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.


  1. Those are some pretty radical opinions for a professor in a seminary.

    I wonder if he still holds that job.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Just looking at this post again. Thanks for sharing.
    I had the same thought, "I wonder if he still has a job." However, when God speaks to an individual, that individual is forced to make a decision, even if it involves job security.

    As for being "radical," I think a person is only viewed as being radical by those who are content with the status quo of organized institutional Christianity. The minute we begin to receive revelation that there is "something wrong with the church," well then to those of us it begins to look less like radicalism and more like a pursuit of the truth. Religion will always balk at the radical; it did so with the prophets and apostles, it did so with Jesus, and it continues to do so with those of us who question the legitimacy of the institutional church today.