So as i mentioned recently, i’ve been reading a lot of Ray Anderson lately. Although i was a bit unhappy at the amount of exposure i was getting of Anderson in comparison to other theologians, make no mistake about it, Dr. Anderson is a fantastic theologian. He is a fun read as well. Here are several gems, all taken from his book An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches:
The incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ was a sacrament of divine grace intended to repair the ecological rupture between the spiritual and the material workplace of the human habitat. In this view of sacrament the division between the holy place and the profane workplace that resulted from the Fall was overcome. Through the redemptive sacrament of the incarnation the created order was restored as a unity of material and spiritual life.
There are churches whose environment is stale and sterile, with hardly a breath of the Spirit’s presence. In such churches one is reminded of a wax museum, where the living and the dead mingle cautiously and circumspectly, so as to not disturb each other.
While the church tends to differentiate itself from the world by its religious nature, the kingdom of God penetrates and transforms the world by its secular nature. This is why the Spirit of Christ calls us to be disciples of the kingdom rather than the church. Discipleship is not a religious vocation.
Sin is living inhumanly, not just ungodly.
Spiritual health is not evidenced by possessing spiritual gifts but rather being possessed by the Spirit in such a way that each member is a gift to the health of the body.