Thanks Elizaveta, I did not know much about the Orthodox church. It's very interesting.
Jes h Thank you, I never thought about that parable from that perspective, it's helpful to think of it that way. Yes, I read Shane Claiborne's book when it first came out several years ago and it changed my life. At the time I was living in a really small town and that book helped me so much. I just wish I knew people in real life who felt the same way about things. I constantly have to bite my tongue around people at my church when the conversation turns to politics or homosexuals or whatever the issue. I love Anne Lamott too. I actually just picked up a new book called Still a midlife faith crisis by Lauren Winner. It's been a good read so far.