Just finished reading McLarens recent book (title above). Not a bad read. It’s like an overview of all the different Christian tradititions and how his own story had intersected with them.
But how is this for a quote –
“Community has become a buzzword in the church in recent years. Overbusy individuals hope they can cram it into their overstuffed schedulles like their membership to a health club (which they never have time to use). Churches hope they can conjure it with candles, programmes, or training videos…community is far more costly than that: one cannot add it to anything, rather one must begin with it in order to enter it, practice it, and preserve it…Community involves proximity, and that proximity involves land, and that our ties to one another can never be seperated from our ties to the land, the watershed, the local economy in which we live. [We need an] instinct about the deep ties between community and sexuality, community and freedom, community and economics.”
He writes this in the section on the Anabaptist movement, a movement that appeals to something deep within me.
I really am going now…no really, 10cm of snow last night at Buller, bags are packed, skis warm, toboggans in the boot…off in the morning!