From Mark Riddle, found through Mike Todd (permalinks not working):
Is it any wonder it’s easy for us to lose touch with the gospel when we can’t even identify what it means to take up a cross? Christ didn’t die so we could have worship services that meet our needs. Christ didn’t die so we could be treated with kid gloves like a fickle consumer on sunday mornings. Christ didn’t die so we could get something out of bible study or small group. Christ didn’t die so the church could be active and busy. The central theme for far too many churches seems to be comfort and customer satisfaction. The central theme for christianity is suffering, the executioner’s cross, the blood spilled and body broken of Eucharist, baptism’s metaphor of death burial and resurrection.