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    Filed at 8:40 am under by dcobranchi

    Few chuckles in this double-barreled swipe:

    A new trend in the religious upbringing of children has recently emerged in the heart of the Bible Belt. “Home-churching,” the individual, family-based worship of Jesus Christ, is steadily gaining in popularity, as more parents seek an alternative to what they consider the overly humanist content of organized worship.

    Norville Tucker, who moved his family to the woods outside Shelby, AL in 1998 to “escape the damaging cultural influences of urban Mobile,” is widely credited with pioneering the home-churching movement. Tucker said he was inspired to home-church when his 10-year-old son Macon returned from Sunday school singing a lighthearted song about Zacchaeus, a tax collector befriended by Christ, and then later recited the parable of the Good Samaritan.

    “I couldn’t believe that the liberal elite had infiltrated even the study of our Holy Scriptures,” Tucker said. “It was bad enough that my youngsters were being taught evolution in public schools, but when I discovered they were learning to embrace foreigners and Big Government in Sunday school, I drew the line.”

    Not that I know much about it, but isn’t the actual home church or house church movement essentially just a reaction against the institutionalizing of worship?

    2 Responses to “NOT THE ONION’S FINEST”


    Comment by
    Joanne the Happy HSer
    September 15th, 2005
    at 10:54 am

    Tim, you asked: Not that I know much about it, but isn’t the actual home church or house church movement essentially just a reaction against the institutionalizing of worship?

    Well, no, it’s not “just” that. It is in part that. But, like any other counter cultural and seemingly extreme movement, it is also a place of refuge for people who are vulnerable to taking a good (or benign) idea too far. Some of the home churching people I know (online, IRL and recognized homeschool icons) are um..whacked.

    My son sings the Zaccheous song. And now it will be in my head all day. 🙂


    Comment by
    Izzy
    September 16th, 2005
    at 3:48 pm

    Tim, I know a handful of homeschooling families who home church, and, you are right. It is a reaction to the institutionalized, corporatized, cater-to-the-masses mindset of many mainstream churches. I think homeschooling families sometimes feel marginalized by the chirpy g-school talk that you can’t avoid in most churches, even the conservative ones.