What I’m Reading: “strings attached”
I am in the process of reading Ronald Rolheiser’s The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. In a chapter on ecclesiology he quotes Alan Jones (Journey Into Christ):
In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we are not born in a vacuum, nor do we journey entirely alone (although loneliness is often part of the burden). Being reborn, being made alive, involves being born into a community. So there are strings attached to this adventure. Far from being the spiritual journey of the solitary individual in search of God, it drags a people, a church, a nation, the human race, along with it. (p.111)
There is much said about the shortcomings and faults of church communities (and a lot of it legit). But let’s look at this from the other side. How have you benefited from journeying with a church or community of faith?