The Jackson Heights Church of Christ?
The Jackson Heights church of Christ?
The Church of Christ at Jackson Heights?
The Church of Christ That Meets at Jackson Heights?
The Building in Front of the Jackson Heights Subdivision Where a Congregation of the Lord’s People Assembles?
Depending on how persnickety the elders feel like being, the name that a church puts on the sign out front can reflect a nearly infinite degree of concern for using the correct nomenclature. I don’t know this for certain, but I fear that sometime, somewhere, a church has split because of dissension about what verbiage to use (though hopefully not over the capital versus lower-case C!).
Even lesser disagreements on the subject still strike me as textbook examples of 2 Timothy 2:14. If quarreling about the words on a sign isn’t “quarreling about words”, then what is? Even beyond that, I’m generally suspicious of magic-word approaches to serving God. Changing the name of a congregation doesn’t change its nature, and either that nature is pleasing to God or it isn’t, regardless of the name. Why get all fussed about the part that doesn’t matter? Continue reading