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William E. Kursch brings the tang and spice back into Christianity with his Ketchup Bottles For The Dying Church, nine one act plays that, James H. Johnson says “…[offer] critical insight into the factors which contribute to the dying church…and…[makes] clear [what] actions [a] fiath community [can take]. Kursch proves that though the modern age has many things to interest the mind, ideas on the divine are still a highly interesting topic when presented for a modern audience. A very literate collection told through a unique vantage which relays a naturally humorous situation that parallels how the current state of moral turpitude and spiritual decrepitude have weirdly turned people into less than what they truly are, the plays soar through literary correctness, political correctness, and hipness with grace through faith granted through the agency of Christ’s merit.
Dying churches seeking renewal have employed many internal symptomatic activities designed to attract new members and hopefully save the church from death: such as new liturgy, changing ministers, enhanced coffee hours, VBS, handicap accessibility, new outdoor signage, etc. Through nine short one act plays, this book centers on the interaction between a staunch conservative traditionalist ketchup bottle and one that is progressively adamant about renewal and being in mission for others; as the latter leads the former in understanding the systemic problems facing the dying church, such as doing the right thing for the wrong reason, the motivation for mission, a correct theological framework for a definition of ‘church’, finding an authentic place for a pre-scientific document, the necessity of spirituality over religiosity, a God-centered definition of the church, attitudinal change, and such.
Since these systemic problems prohibit the church from experiencing renewal and being in mission for others, this book is a unique contribution to the genre of the dying church. It highlights all the dysfunctions of the seemingly twilight age that Christianity finds itself in. It sparks a very illuminating light not only in the area of religious practice but in the arts as well. It turns on the heartbeat for everything Christian within modern hearts that have forgotten or are sleeping through the passing of God’s everyday. Fr. Paul McGill, C.S.B. says that “Kursch’s approach…using creative plays coupled with…the active involvement of the parish on all levels [is] an effective instrument of congregational transformation...”
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About the Author
William E. Kursch completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1957; took his Diploma in Theology from Waterloo (Ontario) Lutheran Seminary in 1957; did his Post Graduate study in Theological School, McGill University, Montreal 1964-5; and completed his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey in 1982. He has been Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Erie, Ontario (1957-59); Organizer/Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church at St. John´s, Newfoundland (1959-64); Pastor, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Lachine, PQ (1964-70); Organizer/Pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Clifton Park, NY (1970-72); Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Buffalo, NY (1972-82); Chaplain, University of Western Ontario & Fanshawe College, London, ON (1982-89); Pastoral Assistant, Trinity Lutheran Church, London, ON (1982-86); and Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Windsor, ON (1989-92).
Ketchup Bottles For The Dying Church * by William E. Kursch
Nine One Act Plays For The Renewal Of The Church
Publication Date: April 22, 2010
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