Early in 2012, artist and poet Jefferson Bethke released the video "Why I Love Jesus but Hate Religion." 22 million hits later- and counting- he's become a poster-child for a new generation- curious about God, but wary of 'traditional' church. We'll talk to two members of this formidable club about the widening gulf between faith and church.We take to the streets to ask which you prefer- God, or this cup of coffee- and share some surprising answers. We'll dig deeper into the state of church in the 21st Century, including a chat with the co-author of Haemorrhaging Faith, as we ask 'are we in need of an Xtreme Church Makeover?' This is Context, the show that looks at life beyond the headlines.
Our closing thought asks why the tradition of a weekly worship service exits in Christianity? It's a pattern we copy from Jesus. Since God is a communicator with the human race, Jesus joined established patterns of weekly God time in synagogue. Jesus showed us the human identity is nurtured, and affirmed when it it communicates with God, and with other people. Community life is part of worship. Protecting that, being thankful for that, and educating ourselves in what it means to be in communication with God, is what happens in worship. That's what church is there for.
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Producer, CBC "Ideas"
Assistant Professor History, Redeemer University
Co-host & associate producer, "The Church Alive"