Who (just now) Said That?


It is easy to miss the radical nature of Christian membership, particularly if we approach it from a modern, individualistic point of view. Membership is here reduced to one’s voluntary and occasional participation in a group (as when I say I am a “member” of a club or national organization). The Pauline understanding of membership, much like the Johannine depiction of Jesus as the vine onto which his disciples are grafted, is much more organic and vital. If each person is joined to another like a limb is joined to a torso, then there is nothing voluntary or occasional about the relationship. For the limb to flourish it must draw life from the whole body. To be cut off from the larger body, even momentarily, is to precipitate the member’s death. Joined together, all the members of the body share a common life.

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12 Responses to Who (just now) Said That?

  1. RubeRad says:

    Just a stab, but OHS Horton? Is your quote pic a pair of speakers, indicating you heard this on a radio show, maybe involving pigment-challenged equines, and the public houses named after them?

    Nice quote. Not only does each member depend on the body to flourish, but conversely, the body depends on the member. If you remove a shoulder, that’s bad news for the rest of the arm. (But if you’re just a finger…)

  2. Zrim says:

    Re the stab, no. Re the pic hint, it was more that I liked the e-speech bubble effect. But I did get the quote electronically.

  3. Pooka says:

    I don’t have a guess. Nor do I have much comment but to say I really have begun to appreciate this corporate thing. It ain’t about me so much, is it? Good times.

  4. RubeRad says:

    Can we get an answer, or is there some minimum number of guesses you wanted?

  5. Pooka says:

    I just Googled it. Weird.

  6. RubeRad says:

    OK, if it’s weird, how about I guess Barack Obama?

  7. Pooka says:

    Not that weird.

  8. Pooka says:

    Weirdly enough, eating. I don’t wanna ruin it by my Google for fear of breaking look-up rules. Wouldn’t want to unhappy Zrim.

  9. Zrim says:

    Oops, I forgot about this.

    The answer is: “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating,” by Norman Wirzba.

  10. Pooka says:

    Duke prof. Read some of his articles. Where’s Jesus in all this stuff. Sniffle.

  11. RubeRad says:

    Never heard of him. I like this paragraph tho

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