Church History...a mistake?
The church is so easy to bash and church history is so easy to ignore as a waste of time. As a pastor for 32 years within one denomination, I have seen (and caused) my share of blunders. I know it is organizationally inefficient, tediously slow to make decisions, overly homogenous and unfriendly to strangers, slow to adapt to change (if not hostile and resistant), and full of sinners, hypocrites and liars. Our history is speckled and spotted with one sin after another. I know it. I'm an insider and the son of a pastor, brother to a pastor, and son-in-law to a pastor.
But the church is the plan and church history is not a tragic error, needing to be forgotten because this generation will make it all straight. If Jesus is truly present where two or three are gathered, then we owe it to Jesus to discover how he worked last year, last decade, last century, or last millennium with the two or three gathered in his name.