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The Stones and Bones of Bath Abbey 1 Peter 2:2-10

The Stones and Bones of Bath Abbey

The church thrives when its stones and bones come alive!

At a Glance

The structural integrity of the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Bath, England, is threatened because it sits on too many bones. We see dead people. Thousands of them. Under the church, their bones shifting and the church about to come down. Is there a lesson here?


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Feed the Heart," May 22, 2011, at HomileticsOnline.com.


We occasionally hear about troublesome church members who manage to upset their congregations, but the people making trouble for the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Bath, England, aren't current members but those from centuries past. The people causing problems aren't the deadbeats in the pews but the dead bodies in the basement. And they're threatening to upset the church in a quite literal way.

The church, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish. It was founded as a monastery in the seventh century and has had Christian worship going on at that...











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