Ever read a book that really rocked your world? Well, I’m reading that kind of book right now. It’s called 'Surprised By Hope' by N.T. Wright. He begins by pointing out that the modern Christian idea of Heaven as a place “you go to when you die”, like that’s where our real eternal life will be, is really not very Christian at all. It’s more Platonic - Plato believed that all matter is just a pale imitation of the real thing - an ideal. And that got me thinking about how I’ve viewed Heaven all my life, and since I’m a bit of a dabbler in the art of spoken word poetry, I wrote a poem about it, to process it all.Read More
Religions have generally portrayed the ultimate good for any person is to escape this physical world that is bound to decay, deterioration, and destruction. Everything physical that is susceptible to sickness, weakness, and harm is associated with the cause of suffering. Whether it’s our spirits escaping the cycle of reincarnation, being united with the one source, or leaving a vile world to be in paradise based on our good deeds, religions advocate the grand dream for anyone is to abandon a flawed and fallen physical existence. The gospel of Jesus, however, presents a uniquely creative vision.Read More
How are artists sages, heralds and prophets?
To create profound art, artists look deeply into reality, past the surface to investigate the meaning of the way things are. Why does the world function this way? What does a certain social practice really mean? What are the presumptions that lie behind common comments? Artists seek to recognize the true meaning of things, beyond the norms, fads and trends that may present things at face value. Insight – that is what artists aim to gain and to express to open the eyes of their viewers and give deeper understanding of truth-claims about reality.Read More
“Hope, for the Christian, is not wishful thinking or mere blind optimism. It is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen.” (pp. 72, Wright)Read More