We must let go of the fantasy concerning the church as a stable, predictable, well-regulated organization. If the church is truly the place in the world where the experience of God is brought to the level of narrative and discernment, then the church will always be in transition between partial closure and openness, between the idolatry of institutional self-preservation and the obedience of faith in the living God. We must let go of the desire for theology to be a finished product of complete conceptual symmetry. If theology is in fact the attempt to understand living faith, then it must always be an unfinished process, for the data continues to come in, as the Living God persists in working through the lives of people and being revealed in their stories.
– Luke Timothy Johnson, Scripture and Discernment, 54-55.