I explore the artistic and spiritual elements of The Annunciation by Simone Martini for a first Sunday in Advent reflection on Emergent Village. I see this moment one of many divinely human encounters in the Biblical narrative. Please read and comment there.
I posted a reply to the great scholar Ben Witherington III after reading a Patheos blog post he wrote about the anti-ecclesial rhetoric of emerging communities. He rightly stated that emergents need to remember their roots and to see that many before have made similar arguments. I wanted to reassure him he’s spot on and we get it already. Emergents are among the most ecumenical and historically rooted communities despite being recently formed. Furthermore, we know, as Dr. Witherington challenges, that people make up the Church. It’s not an institution; it’s an assembly. A major goal of emergence is to restore the dignity and diversity within the collective. I hope and pray that we all appreciate the human aspects of ekklesia that makes life in Christ so transformational. But Dr. Witherington has to see that the institutional issues which provoke the emergent conversation must be dealt with in order for the assembly to be a healthy, vibrant expression in the 21st century.
A personal reflection on the rift between the Church and the Arts is now on Emergent Village Voice. Please read and comment there.
I’ve just published a few thoughts on Emergent Village Voice regarding the parallels between emergent thinking and indie rock. They are remarkably similar and inviting in my opinion.
Having taught Humanities for the past year, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Here’s a few of those insights that I’ve shared on Emergent Village Voice. I suggest the global body of humanity is a healthy perspective to relate as Christians to other religions. Listening and sharing can best happen as we consider our commonalities as people before delving into the uniquenesses.
Much to my surprise and gratitude I’ve been welcomed by Doug Pagitt to write with the Emergent Village bloggers. My first piece is an introduction to my story and a sign of appreciation for the opportunity to explore the life in Christ together with such a great group of fellow Christian writers.
Please read, share and comment there.
Here’s the permanent link to my author page on Emergent Village Voice.