Building: The Church?

The Churches’ Own Pandemic

‘Shut everything down’, they said; ‘but please allow the bread’, was the muted reply. ‘The bread you shall have, there’s a surplus of supply, so no one should go without, by and by.

They opened things up for the ‘essential’ supplies; we could even wander between the product spires. That man cannot live on bread alone, I do recall; the like of which isn’t found on any market stall.

It soon appeared, on examination, that buildings alone don’t allow contamination. ‘Open the doors—allow them in, but whatever you do, don’t allow them to sing.’ That the building’s the ‘Church’ was the configuration, opening the doors should remove the ‘indignation’.

Should ‘the building be the church’, it would be only too plain that any ‘change of use’ might render it lame; Now, the ‘meeting together’ encouraged for all, has now been replaced by a screen on the wall. That the Church’ be the Body of Christ is not in question, though its heart surely misses a beat without its essential connection. The Meeting Together.

Derek J. White 2/21

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First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’.I’ve been married to Jackie since September 1963. We have four [grown] children and ten grandchildren—the  latest, Faith Jemima, born on 1/8/18. Four of the grandkids live, with their parents, in Australia, and three in Scotland. We also have two great-grandsons. I have been (present perfect tense) in Christian leadership in various roles: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church,a deacon at Lansdowne Baptist Church Bournemouth (nine years) ,a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre/center for the teaching of English as a foreign language, and a teacher/principal/director [1987-2010] at the Christian English Language Centre/Center in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is 'due'to be revised/re-edited. I am also hoping to re-publish my MRes thesis entitled ‘God, Evolution and The problem of Evil: Towards a Solution’—under a new title.... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of:Sociology, Theology,Philosophy, English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University, Trinity College, Newburgh USA, and The University of Exeter. I have #begun the task of editing my MRes Thesis (awarded by The University of Exeter in 2015), with the view of either publishing or developing it further...God,Evolution and The Problem of Evil.., Derek J. White: In the year of the Global (Chinese #people’s Republic) Pandemic—May 6th 2020.

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