Church Mistakes (by Jim Palmer)

Church Mistakes (by Jim Palmer)

church mistakes

Church Mistakes

Putting church over community
Putting orthodoxy over love.
Putting certainty over wonder.
Putting polished over real.
Putting explanations over empathy.
Putting answers over questions.
Putting membership over friendship.
Putting prayer over action.
Putting services over self-care.
Putting style over substance.
Putting appearance over authenticity.
Putting theology over psychology.
Putting religiosity over spirituality.
Putting numbers over faces.
Putting holiness over humanity.
Putting accountability over acceptance.
Putting heaven over earth.
Putting meetings over relationships.
Putting reputation over risk.
Putting charisma over compassion.
Putting the afterlife over the herelife.
Putting doctrine over reason.
Putting patriarchy over equality.
Putting Christianity over Jesus.

by Jim Palmer

(with artwork by Polly Castor)

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago

    Hi Polly! Lovely floral hieroglyphs of Deity!

    Thank you!

    I am looking for your fine article on Sharing CS in your Spirituality archive, but caint find it. I’ve shared it,
    and with good response, but it’s disappeared! If you’ve a split second, perhaps send it to me? Thanks!!

    :<))) Sue

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      Polly Castor 2 years ago

      Sure. Just did.

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