Sunday, February 17, 2013
Church of the Week
I'm reviving my old habit of posting pictures of churches on Sundays. I don't live in Harlem anymore, but Durham seems to have just as many interesting houses of worship. Today's choice is, I think, currently closed, but it is located on the corner of Sowell and Glenn and used to be the home of the Miracle Temple Holiness Church. Before that it was the Ebenezer Baptist Church. It's kind of tucked into a neighborhood at the top of a little hill, near the footbridge that crosses the Durham Freeway.
Anyway, it made me think about the name Ebenezer, which comes from the Bible. There are actually a lot of churches in the South named Ebenezer, and it makes sense because the name "Eben-ezer" means "stone of strength." When King Samuel, in the Old Testament, was in the middle of battles with his enemies, he "raised a stone" or maybe built some kind of altar with which to give thanks and perform worship to God. He called it Eben-ezer, and that is what these churches are named after. Churches are like rocks in the community, centers of immovable strength in some ways. So, I think Ebenezer makes a great name. And, this church is made of stone!