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Art and the Christian

At the guys? weekend Jordan used one session to talk about art, do we do it, do we hide from it, what do we do with beauty. God made it, wants us to enjoy it, should we make things that are beautiful.

Keeping in mind that he had just helped us think through money and living a simple life, understanding money in light of the Gospel, to love God with all your being and love people. The extremist would go and say ?no art, if it doesn?t serve a purpose, utility, then its a waste of God?s precious money that he has entrusted us with to love others.?

God created us in his image?creative and making beautiful art (things that don?t have a utilitarian purpose) can serve a part in loving God with all of your being. Art can be an act of worship.

A poem he shared by the Yiddish writer Aaron Zeitlin entitled the Apathetic life.

The Apathetic Life

If you look at the stars
and yawn,
If you see suffering and
don?t cry out,
If you don?t praise
and don?t revile,
Then I created you in
vain, says God.

This really impacted me because I love to look at the stars and can?t imagine why you could/would observe the night sky and be able to walk away untouched. Mr.Marini loaned me a DVD called the Bethlehem Star that again caused me to worship as I contemplated the solar system and the Galaxy.

Would A Perfect Church Allow Me To Be A Member?

I just read this article from Art of Manliness website about being part of an organization. And found it to coincide with a few thoughts that have crossed my mind. I think the thought first started about 10 years ago when I gave a presentation at my grandparents grange on a trip I took to London England with HACC.

I began to realize that people like to belong to a group. And if you don’t belong to a church you long to belong to a group and make connections. Steve King from the Church People of Lancaster talked at a chapel at FMH two years ago and said

If you don’t have something to pour your energy into you dry up spiritually

Enter the Art of Manliness article Revisiting The Organization Man, an article that takes much of its fodder from a 1950’s book written by William H Whyte. Men in contemporary society prefer to remain aloof and apathetic, criticizing these organizations from the outside. I propose this applies not just to men, but how we act in the greater Lancaster area towards the churches we grow/grew up in. Continue reading Would A Perfect Church Allow Me To Be A Member?

Washing Feet

Have you ever washed someone’s feet? Last night we had communion and Anabaptists still adhere to Christ’s example to wash one anothers feet.

It is a powerfully moving experience. I’ve participated in foot washing services before, but I think each one brings a deeper meaning to the act of participating in something so lowly with your Christian brothers.
Our church is small and so it is easy to get to wash feet with someone that is not your age. There is something about washing with someone that is much older or much younger (my case is usually much older). The serving mentality even more moving when you are washing with large age difference.

I washed with our bishop. Sitting on the bench while the man that is usually on the pulpit is at your feet, gently washing your feet is humbling. Being on the floor washing his feet is humbling in a different way.

Thinking about servanthood is easier done when you get participate in the discipline of foot washing.