I finally finished Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies) by James K.A. Smith
Last week we had a flurry of quotes from the earlier part of the book. Here are my highlights from the last part of the book. I mentioned in the comments of others posts last week that I loved the beginning of this book and expected to love the ending but did not enjoy the middle section. I will stick with that assessment. In the middle of the book Smith takes on cultural liturgies. What I found interesting is that he failed to realize that some cultural liturgies are important and really just an extension of Biblical liturgy in the way Morning Time is. Of course, there are many evil liturgies in the culture only I am not sure sneering at them is the answer. But that aside, I liked the book, it made me think and it even encouraged me.
"The Lord’s Supper does not only hallow and sanctify nature’s biological processes that bring forth grain and grapes and compel us to eat and drink. After all, it’s not wheat and grapes that are on the table; it’s bread and wine. These are not naturally occurring phenomena; they are the fruit of culture, the products of human making."
"I often tell my children that one of the reasons we go to church is to learn to love people we don’t really like that much—people we find irritating, odd, and who grate on our nerves (the feeling’s certainly mutual, I’m sure!). "
"First, it may be the case, given the “quantity-of-immersion” challenge we’ve noted, that a Christian community that seeks to be a cultural force precisely by being a living example of a new humanity will have to consider abstaining from participation in some cultural practices that others consider normal."
"This is the pledge of those whose “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20)—which is not citizenship in some otherworldly, ethereal kingdom but rather citizenship in an earthly kingdom that is coming."