Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The purpose of Christian life

I love this quote from Marcus Borg in The Emerging Christian Way, edited by Michael Schwartzentruber:

"It is trust and loyalty that transform us. Beliefs may precede them or follow them or remain quite unconnected to them. But beliefs do not save us, do not transform us. Trust and loyalty do. This combination of trust and loyalty is the centering in God that is the primary meaning of faith. This centering is the purpose of Christian life: centering in God and centering in God's passion for the world. This is the vision at the heart of a transformation-centered Christianity. Indeed, it is the heart of Christianity."

This is the church I want to be a part of, the Christian life I want to live, the purpose I want to help guide others toward: transformation.

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