Sometimes, Church Hurts
The Church, the Bride of Christ. That description conjures up images of radiant white bride, eyes sparkling with peace and harmony, right? Maybe that’s why it’s such a gut-punch when that Bride behaves more like a grade school bully or a hot tempered drill sergeant.
What do you do with that reality, a reality that sometime hurts? Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin aren’t interested in 140 characters of tweetable comfort. They’d rather share their own stories of being both the wounded and the wounder. Plus they offer practical, yes-you-can-do-this steps to moving forward in those times not if, but when the Church hurts.
Bride(zilla) of Christ is a verbal I.V. dripping with the mercy found only in Christ. Though you’ve been wronged, or perhaps wronged another, there is cause for great hope. The hurt is not the deepest thing. Grace is deeper still.
In their latest joint venture, writer Kluck (Why We're Not Emergent) and Martin (Finding God in the Dark), a recording artist turned pastor, tackle the subject of hurt within the church. In alternating chapters, Kluck and Martin highlight their personal experiences with being hurt and hurting others. Much of the book focuses on how church can be messy and feel more like an episode of Real Housewives than a community of saints. It explores how individualism, consumerism, and entitlement can corrupt the church and lead to a negative environment where people are constantly pitted against each other. Kluck and Martin also spotlight gossip within the church community and how rapidly it can create a toxic environment where people feel unwelcome and unloved. Both are talented writers, but their differing writing styles and stories lead the book to feel disjointed at times. Kluck and Martin ground their reflections on hurt with biblical and theological reflections, particularly utilizing the works of C.S. Lewis, and include practical advice on what to do when readers realize they've hurt others or have been hurt themselves. This is an engaging look from two distinct viewpoints on dysfunction within church communities.
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Is the author of this book so selfish and greedy the only sample of the book is looking at the cover? Seems how the only one hurting Gods people here like a bridezilla is the one who wrote this book!