Do you need God to do Church? (2)
It is one of those defining metaphors for me. It was Sam Shoemaker, the Episocoal Priest and Spiritual Renewal Leader, who first used it.
In 1952 Shoemaker was the main speaker for Religion-in-Life Week at the University of Pittsburgh. Represesentatives from a wide variety of denonminations – Baptist and Presbyterian, Epsicopal and Roman Catholic – were invited to share their faith. …During his address at a closing dinner for speakers and student leaders, Shoemaker surprised us by remarking, “Some have likened the Episcopal Church to the fireplace and the Methodist Church to the fire.” After pausing for laughter at his own expense, he continued, “You’ll have to admit, however, that the best place for a fire is in the fireplace, and not out in the middle of the floor!”