Seven Churches

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on March 31, 2008

There is one church on my morning trip to work, and six on the way back.
In the morning, a new day has dawned, and I am ready to be a part of it. The Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Church is the only holy facility I pass. One of the oldest churches in DeKalb County, NCPBC is a graceful little building next door to a sheetrock plant.
In the afternoon, I am tired, cranky and ready to be in my safe space at home. One of the issues I think about when my body chemistry tells me I am unhappy is religion.
The first faith facility of the ride home is the Church of the Redeemer. I haven’t decided what denomination they are…with that name, maybe green stamps are a sacrament. They have a stealth cell phone tower in their yard, which looks like a very tall fake Christmas tree. I drove by this thing for over a year before I noticed it.
Down the hill and across Nancy Creek is the soccer fields. In my memory this was a place where horses stayed. Across from this playground is an Independent Conservative Baptist Church.
This place gets on my nerves. They have a message board in front, and I really find it to be too much information. Today it was one of my less favorite quotes from the Bible

…” Jesus said I am the way the truth and the light”.

Some scholars dispute that Jesus ever said that. If he did, it is a powerful reason to stay away. Anyone who would say something like that is a hopeless egomaniac. The second part of this quote…

“no one can come to the father except through me”…

 says that all other religions are wrong, and he is right. Some people find this to be an inspiring quote. I beg to differ.
Going up the hill from Nancy Creek, you pass into DeKalb County and Lynwood Park. This is the oldest Black neighborhood in the county, and is rapidly being gentrified out of existence. There is a storefront “Holiness” Church on Osborne Road, in front of the corner where the drug dealers did business. A bit on down Windsor Parkway is another Church, with a large parking lot and a message board. I have driven by there, feeling tired and depressed, and seen the sign that says Jesus Loves You. But I know in my heart that Jesus Hates Me, and do not appreciate that church saying otherwise.
Soon you take a right, and drive by the back of Oglethorpe University, with its Gothic buildings made of granite. Across from the campus is the Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church.
OPC is the only one of these buildings I ever attended a service in. They sponsored my cub scout troop, and one Sunday a year we all went to the service there. I helped a friend clean up there for a couple of years in my early twenties…get to bed by five, up at 830 to go clean the church. Good times.
Up on Peachtree by the funeral home is the Brookhaven Christian Church. I went to a wedding there once, and they don’t call any unwelcome attention to themselves.


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  1. Denny said, on March 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    “No one can come to the father except through me.”

    I was having a conversation about that with a friend and we basically agreed that for the sake of argument, if Jesus was the Messiah or the son of God, then what he meant was that he died (and knew he was going to die) for all of our sins so that anyone gay, straight, Christian, Jew, and atheist can receive God’s love through his sacrifice. After all he died for the sins of the world so that we would be redeemed.

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