This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

What the Church is to Protestants

In the 16th Century, my family, the Puritans, rejected the idea of an established Church, governed by authority figures. To them a Church was simply the congregation. You know, wherever two or more of you are gathered in His name.

As a kid, this really puzzled me. Of course, we all know what a Church is. It's a building with a steeple on it, right? If you visit a town and ask someone where the Church is, they aren't going to direct you to two people discussing the Bible. At least they shouldn't. But really, once you see that, Churches look different, especially Protestant Churches.

Here in the Phoenix area, there are a lot of Churches in strip malls. There's one just about a block away from me, near the LA Fitness, and just down from my doctor's office. There are folding chairs, and a plain podium where the minister stands. Information about the services are just xeroxes taped to the window. This is a just a place, which is transformed into a Church by the people who worship there.
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