One more from Brende’s interview at GodSpy:
Particularly for Catholics [simple country living] should be a very appealing way of life, because what makes our faith different from most Protestant denominations is our awareness of the intimate connections between matter and spirit, body and mind. They’re inextricable. We know that the body is not just a disposable receptacle for the spirit. The two are integrally interrelated. The whole way of life is sacramental?a physical embodiment of a spiritual reality.
Sadly, Brende’s right. Too many churches see preaching (what goes on inside the four walls, or across the airwaves) as the real work of churches, an investment in the eternal. Other ministries are important, sure, but what do they invest thousands (in some cases, millions) of dollars in? Food banks? Shelters? Community growth? Nope. They spend it on preaching.
It’s soul-wearying. And by the way, historical theologians have a name for the idea that the spirit is inherently better than the body. They call it Gnosticism.