This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
Tim Stafford with an honest and challenging article on why the church is still important, even though it is imperfect and frustrating at times:
If people commit themselves to the church, they will undoubtedly suffer. The church will fail them and frustrate them, because it is a human institution. Yet it will also bless them, even as it fails. A living, breathing congregation is the only place to live in a healthy relationship to God. That is because it is the only place on earth where Jesus has chosen to dwell. How can you enjoy the benefits of Christ if you detach yourself from the living Christ?