Christianity is…

Christianity is not just an idea or a list of convictions. It is not primarily a religious inclination that an individual might have or a technique to equip an individual to engage with spiritual realities. It is certainly best understood not as a consumer good that an individual might or might not choose to buy in the marketplace of religious ideas. Pastors, thus, ought not be primarily purveyors of ideas or techniques to individuals. Rather, quite concretely, quite physically, Christian is a meeting. Or, more exactly, the Christianity that is associated with the four Gospels is a specific kind of meeting: it is a meal fellowship. As such, this Christianity is an invitation for us together to see both God and the world anew from the perspective of that table, of that shared food.

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop in The Pastor: A Spirituality (Fortress Press, 2006)




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