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Church Body Exercise 110

Jogging or Stretching

Frogs on lily pads in a pondWhat is the Household Body doing now by way of exercise? Is she slumbering, jogging or being caressed? Is she straining to listen or singing a song? "Worship is the body in song! Conference is the body listening! Evangelism is the body stretching!."

Fallible Human Beings

The Household Body is made up of human beings and is therefore fallible for no Christian body is ever perfect! In the year 177 AD, a Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity called Celsus reproached the church as "a congregation of frogs croaking in a swamp." The English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909 AD) is reported to have called her, "the leprous bride of Christ." The bumper sticker bears the same sentiment, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven!" According to Loren B. Mead in "The Once and Future Church" the Early Church, "was no Pollyanna Community. The epistles of the New Testament describe people and groups that experienced fractures and conflict, anger and division, as well as peace and joy."

"Church Body Exercise"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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