Those who have been saved by Jesus are left with a common call: be citizens of his kingdom in our present world. Our faith is spilled out in our actions. This is not in an attempt to save ourselves, but to be ambassadors of Jesus' kingdom.
Occasionally, seeing how other brothers and sisters in Christ have celebrated and pointed themselves to the gospel over the centuries can enrich our experience of that same gospel all the more
I have developed a certain tendency to use the phrases "changing the world" or "taking over the world" when speaking with creative friends. I usually leave this without any particular explanation, a seeming little absurdity thrown into a comment or conversation, but I actually mean what I say. I fully intend a lifelong conspiracy with … Continue reading Changing the World
I'm beginning to think that if I don't have an identity crisis at least once a month, I'm simply not taking in enough good art.
We thin-souled moderns are so proud of our rejection of poems and stories and paintings. We lead half-lives and die with less.
"It is this attraction to loveliness that lies at the heart of nurturing soul. God has made us to be drawn to the beautiful. So often the divide between children who have full souls and those who don't lies here with the pursuit of beauty. The serious pursuit of beauty, for both children and adults, … Continue reading An Attraction to Loveliness
"For a Christian rhetoric, perspicuity is the foundation of all the canons of style. Clarity of thought must always be the preacher's aim. Clarity is the basic beauty of eloquent oratory and the driving power that persuades one's listeners. The beauty of teaching is making clear the truth, for it is in the truth itself, … Continue reading Beautiful Clarity
"The world is full of beauty, but the beauty is incomplete..."
"What more, you may ask, do we want? ... We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough..."
I've been doing a decent bit of reading since the Spring semester ended. Particularly invigorating have been some writings on the subject of beauty. N.T. Wright, whatever the controversy regarding his views of justification notwithstanding, has a remarkably wonderful chapter on beauty in his much-celebrated volume Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. Earlier in the … Continue reading Beauty: An Echo of God’s Voice