August 31, 2008
Traveling to other churches is not my favorite pastime, because it can prove really troubling. If you go to someone else's church and it is bigger and more impersonal than you are used to, or smaller and more intimate (and thus more intense) than is your custom, you feel out of place immediately. Even if you're convinced these people believe the same God, you feel different, and alienated by the amount of work it would take to establish a familiarity with them. But this often stretches us, and is therefore a good thing, and even enjoyable in strongly hospitable churches.