The Arts

len on August 7th, 2013

Andy Crouch writes, “We are entering the age of “visualcy,” the third great transformation in the way that human beings engage and interpret their world. The first was orality, when the most culturally (and theologically) significant information was communicated and passed from one generation to another in the form of oral tradition, especially stories. Oral […]

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len on July 26th, 2013

LORD LET ME SEE Lord let me see, see more and more: See the beauty of a person, not the colour of the skin, See the faces of the homeless with no-one to take them in, See discouragement because she’ll never win, See the face of our Lord in the pain. Lord let me see. […]

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len on July 21st, 2013

“In 1998 a group of writers from The Gospel and Culture network released a book called “Missional Church.” And for many of us, that was the beginning of a new conversation. “But what did they do, really? Did they introduce mission to North American Christians? No.Did they help us to see that our neighbours needed […]

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len on June 13th, 2013

In Poetic Theology, William Dyrness argues that one legacy of the Reformation was the loss of contemplation. We began to privilege the ear over the eye, the head over the heart, and beauty was to be found outside the sanctuary. Calvin was intent on placing “the emphasis on the people and their discipleship in the […]

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len on June 10th, 2013

William Dyrness writes, “In his instructions on church order, John Calvin includes a detail that is often overlooked: he insists that outside of regular worship hours, the church building should be locked. I find that besides explaining why Protestant sanctuaries always seem closed during the week, this detail illuminates much of my Protestant tradition, and […]

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len on June 7th, 2013

Centred on silence Counting on nothing I saw you standing on the sea And everything was Dark except for Sparks the wind struck from your hair Sparks that turned to Wings around you Angel voices mixed with seabird cries Fields of motion Surging outward Questions that contain their own replies… You were dancing I saw […]

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len on May 25th, 2013

“Radical orthodoxy locates the contemporary flattening of culture in the loss of its sense of “participation” in God. But Calvin in particular insisted that, while God sustains the world and works in it, the world has its own special goodness because of its created character — precisely because it is not God. Culture is a […]

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len on May 21st, 2013

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” Seth Godin Jenny Warner writes, “I have been pondering the heart of my role as a pastor. There are plenty of people who want to define that role for me and I field regular requests to lend my support […]

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len on March 30th, 2013

No, not V for “Visitors,” but V for Vendetta. There is something about this movie that continues to grip me. Remember the plot? Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot.. I know of no reason the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.. The movie begins by evoking memory. That’s something we […]

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len on March 22nd, 2013

William Dyrness writes, “Edward Muir has described this revolution [in worship] by arguing that, after the Reformation, practices of the upper body replaced those of the lower body — the emphasis shifted from ritual practices involving the whole body to those focusing on the head alone. During the Middle Ages, he notes, ‘believers approached sacred […]

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