Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
If you're not a Bruce Springsteen fan, you probably don't know who Danny is...but for past 40 years he was a member of (IMHO) the greatest band ever--the E Street Band.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
just finished reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. You have got to read this guy. His writing is amazing, beautiful, powerful, full of meaning and life. I hear that Berry is a Christian; and this comes through in his work, not forcefully--but with subtlety and beauty.
haven't said much (ok, anything really) about the symposiusm we attended in Austin, TX, a couple weeks ago on Transforming Culture: A Vision for the Church and the Arts--just been busy with the State of Convergence Address and catching up...
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
If our goal is to get people into church, we’re thinking too small. God doesn’t just want to influence people in church; he wants to influence all people. He wants to radically impact people’s lives, and He calls us to be a part of that!
God has called the Church to do this work; and while many churches are making a difference, we believe we can do more.
We believe that God is still changing the world. God isn’t limited to our decision of whether or not to carry out his mission. God isn’t waiting for us. The world around us is challenging God’s people to listen, speak and engage.
God is working in creative ways here, in and among us, as well as with other individuals and communities around the world. He is inviting us to join with him in changing our world, by finding ways to live out the Kingdom of God on earth.
We believe that He is using this church, especially as we open up and live out His love in creative and imaginative ways.
By working together to build a church that reflects the things I’ve described, we will see God change individual lives, and transform the culture itself.
As creators, artists reflect the creativity of God. They influence culture. We believe God speaks through artists, mirroring - exposing God’s heart, will, and dreams.
And as we explore this connection between faith and art, as we build a church that is totally committed to this, we are seeing God do amazing things.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Monday I talked about different gatherings I’d love to see at The Church at Convergence. Today I’ll touch on people and groups I see in this vision…
I see a church where all are welcome, where we celebrate our differences and learn from one another, rather than try to make people conform.
I see a church where our agenda is not to convert people, but to create a community that values freedom and conversation, interaction and collaboration, exploration and imagination, through it all giving God room to work in unique and creative ways.
A church like this will impact the community and culture around it. A church like this will help people see a God that loves and values them and wants a relationship with them.
I see people coming in and out of the sanctuary throughout the day to pray and meditate and spend time in silence with God.
I see people gathering in all kinds of groups:
Artists way groups where artists gather to encourage and support each other
Groups gathering to pray for each other, our community, and our world.
Spiritual formation groups where people dig into the Bible and strive to live out their faith in practical ways.
Community service groups; where people get out into our local community meeting the needs of people—feeding the hungry, cleaning our neighborhoods, tutoring kids, teaching music and art to those who can’t afford it…
Groups where people gather to read books, watch films, listen to music, then discuss the spiritual dimensions of the art they are experiencing.
I see groups led by artists that help people connect their art with spiritual practices.
I see groups meeting at pubs to drink and talk and engage people where they naturally gather.
I see people gathering for food and fellowship:
Sunday morning breakfast gatherings
Lunches throughout the week
I see people working together to bring about change. I believe that God cares about the issues that people care about—poverty, hunger, illness, justice, peace, the environment. The church should be leading the way in addressing these issues in a way that honors God and loves people.
I see our people effecting change in our world, speaking out on these issures and others, supporting causes that positively impact our world.
more tomorrow--and please leave your comments, reactions, questions, ideas...