leaving church, part 2

so then i read the following:

“…Jesus’ call of binding and loosing (referring to interpreting scripture)…must be done in community. In fact, binding and loosing can only be done in community with others who are equally passionate about being true to the words of God.
In Jesus’ world, it was assumed that you had as much to learn from the discussion of the text as you did from the text itself. One person could never get too far in a twisted interpretation because the others were right there giving [him/her] insight and perspective [he/she] didn’t have on their own. Jesus said when he was talking about binding and loosing that ‘where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.’
Community, community, community. Together, with others, wrestling and searching and engaging the Bible as a group of people hungry to know God in order to follow God.” (p. 52-53) (Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell)


“In my judgment, the single most important practice is to be part of a congregation that nourishes you even as it stretches you. Some of you are already involved in such a church. But if you are not involved in any church or are part of one that leaves you hungry and unsatisfied, find one that nurtures and deepens your Christian journey. Find one that makes your heart glad, so that you can wake on Sunday morning filled with the anticipation of the psalmist: ‘I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Choosing a church is not primarily about feeling good, of course, but church is meant to nourish us, not to make us angry or leave us bored. If your church gives you a headache, it may be time to change.” (p.194)
(The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg)

(incidentally, velvet elvis is by far one of the best books i have read lately)


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