Friday, June 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

Jesus taught people, using parables . . . [Jesus taught] always in the context of his relationship with people. He connected with a person or crowd first, then mingled in some appropriate, often challenging, teaching. Person first. The [clerical leadership of the] Church teaches doctrine, using theology . . . [it] emphasizes doctrine. Believe this; memorize that; do this; don’t do that. It is not person first; it is doctrine first.

– Tom Smith

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Why Jesus is My Man
The Wild Gaiety of Jesus' Moral Teaching
Jesus: Path-Blazer of Radical Transformation
In the Garden of Spirituality - Adrian Smith
In the Garden of Spirituality - James C. Howell
Jesus and the Centurion (Part 1)
Jesus and the Centurion (Part 2)

1 comment:

kevin57 said...

That's because people and relationships are not given to dualistic, diachotomous pronouncements. Doctrines and abstract theology is much neater and cleaner.