I really appreciated David Brattston’s perspective on church buildings (A house not made with hands Jan/Feb, p. 9), especially the story of St. Thomas—one of my favourites! Just not sure it’s an either/or. Last year during the shut-down phase of SK pandemic response, Zion Council decided to keep staff in the church building so people would have a place to stop in for bathroom breaks, warming up, or someone to talk to.
On one particularly cold morning (-51C) the Holy Spirit nudged me out of my warm bed early to go downtown to “the church.” Ten minutes after I arrived the doorbell rang. We were only two people in that huge empty building, but we were both thankful to be there! Sure there are other ways, cheaper ways, probably better ways. That’s why I appreciate Brattston’s perspective. But in the meantime, let’s use what we’ve got.—Rev. Ron Bestvater, Saskatoon.