“…Here’s my basic theology in a nutshell: [Dutch scholar] Hans Rookmaaker said Jesus didn't come to make us Christian, he came to make us fully human, and I think a full human being is a human being that is intellectually, spiritually, creatively, morally, and relationally alive, and the reason I think America is superficial both in its religion and its popular culture is I think we're intellectually, spiritually, creatively, morally, and relationally superficial, and we were made for something more. So the idea of discovering what it means to be fully human is, I think, what Jesus was about, more than simply are you a Christian or not, and when we think in terms of Christian and not Christian, then we start thinking of Christians as just another voting bloc or another purchasing power, instead of people who like every other human being want to experience a fully human life…”
Quote is from US author and commentator Dick Staub. Source, here. Thanks to Canadian extraordinaire Bill Kinnon (pictured in the shades, with Dick Staub). You might also find this interesting - a response to some questions I was asked on spiritual formation. It highlights, for me anyway, some of the emphases that need to be to the fore in church contexts.