The God We Never Knew
by Marcus Borg
Pastor Warren quotes Marcus Borg on at least
twice in his "Rick Warren's
Ministry Toolbox" at
Apparently he approves of Borg's teachings. The third quote
below is from an article posted on the same website.
Warren's Ministry Toolbox; quotes & notes
worship is functioning as it should, it can be a
mediator of the sacred.
It can open the heart,
shape the religious imagination,
and nourish the spiritual life, all within the experience of
community. - Marcus Borg, The God We Never Knew
Where Two or
More Are Gathered: Exploring Alternative Worship
Bradley Sowash) "'Churches that are full of God are likely to find their
pews full of people.'--
"...How would it
feel to participate in an extravagantly creative worship
experience? Could a service be designed that mixes
church tradition with original ideas? Does alternative
worship enhance or alienate the church community? How
does it effect outreach? ....Matthew 26:6-13... This
woman's singular act of adoration demonstrates that
effective worship integrates creativity, extravagance,
understanding, originality, and spontaneity in a manner
that is both personal and participatory as well as
community enhancing. This conclusion is based on the
following observations: Worship is creative. Lacking a
structured setting for worshipping Jesus, she invents
her own expression. Worship is extravagant. Though the
perfume is valuable, she pours it all out for Jesus.
Worship is done with understanding. Apparently, she
alone understands that Jesus really is going to die.
Knowing that she will not be around, she performs a
funeral rite on the living. Worship is original and
spontaneous. She does not wait for the perfect moment to
express her faith. Though she interrupts the fellowship
of Jesus with the disciples, she acts on her unique
expression. Worship is both personal and participatory.
She DOES something that leads others to participate
first in protest and later by illumination from their
master. Worship is community enhancing. Her act of
worship enhances the disciple's understanding and
ultimately the continuing Christian community as Jesus
predicts in the last verse.