Uncategorized

“One More Empty Church”: On the Header of this Blog

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The visual image of an empty church, especially a majestic church, a European Cathedral, tells the compelling story many of us find ourselves in in N America. J R Rozko, who redid my blog here a couple weeks ago (thanks a million JR!!) used the picture of an empty church in Toronto as the new header.  I don’t know the name of the church. But it is a symbol of what has become commonplace in both Canada and the northern United States. The exceptions are the mega church facilities, which are becoming few and far between in Canada (except for maybe Alberta) and are, I would argue, only a few generations from the same fate in the United States (at least the north that is). I could go on here about mega churches and their role in bringing about this state of affairs, but I leave that for yet another post.
These are the images of our time. In the YouTube video below, Father Robert Barron comments on the empty churches in Europe (HT here). He delivers a compelling challenge at the end. I thought I’d put it here in thanks to Rozko for his hard work on my blog, and the haunting reminder of the new situation we are in that now heads this blog. Thanks also to Nathan Colquhoun (and his storyboard solutions) for all his help on this blog over the years. What do you think about Barron’s theories about European culture, history and the empty churches? How far away are we from following the same history in N America? (I’m away in Canada for some R&R so my interactions may be sparse).

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Tip the Author & Support Our Ministry!

Thank you for supporting this author and Missio Alliance’s ministry of online publishing! All our authors graciously volunteer their time and expertise in creating resourceful articles such as this. Your generosity makes it possible for their voices and perspectives to reach and influence Christian leaders all around the world.
 
From #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) through the end of the year, half of any donation you make will go directly to this author while the other half will support Missio Alliance and our Writing Collective platform in particular. 
 
Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated! 
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

Billing Details

Donation Total: $5

Comments
By commenting below, you agree to abide by the Missio Alliance Comment Policy.