We had a great discussion yesterday around Rachel Held Evans' book, Faith Unraveled. It was the first book of this summer's Pastor's Book Club. We shared favorite quotes, discussed the issues this book raises and finished by thinking through some implications of what this means for the Church.
At the end of the day, a few more quotes emerged for me:
We are not saved by information. We are saved by restored relationship with God, which might look a little different from person to person, culture to culture, time to time.
When we recognize that our theology is not the moon but rather a finger pointing at the moon, we enjoy the freedom of questioning it from time to time.
Maybe God wants us to have these discussions because faith isn’t just about being right; it’s about being a part of a community.
Those seem like an important reminders for a church that wants to 'Invite people to a Big Table'*. God is at work through Christ. How God does this work is up to God, and history has shown that God is pretty creative. It's the Church that seems to want to limit what God can and can't do. Yesterday's discussion and Rachel's book were good reminders that if we can't participate with God in this saving work, we should at least try not to get in the way.
* This is one of the the five Core Values that emerged from our recent Mission Study. When we are at our best, we...
…Invite People to a Big Table
…Choose to Err on the Side of People
…Discover Our Joy in Serving
…Seek the Sacred in the Ordinary
…Foster a Holy Discontent