A timely reminder of what Christianity is and more importantly, what it is not:

“The faith we Christians claim has been so dinted and chipped and discolored by the centuries, so institutionalized and codified and doctrinalized, so written upon and then so over-written into palimpsest, that there are few Christians who still can discern the contours of the original. There are fewer still who know, and can persuasively teach, that Christianity was only and always just the container, the wrapping paper being used in shipment through the centuries of time. It is the Jesus beyond dent or chip or discoloring that is the beauty. It is the Jesus beyond the doctrine and the clashing commentary that is beauty.”

–fr. Phyllis Tickle’s introduction to Ken Wilson’s Jesus Brand Spirituality

Thanks, Phyllis.