It has been received wisdom for a while now that economic power is shifting from the old world to the new world. Continental Europe is faced with tremendous headwinds to do with spiraling social costs and an ageing population that means growth over the next 100 years will be hard to come by. In the developing world on the other hand very low wage rates and high worker motivation are combining to create a compelling long term argument for excess growth rates and wealth creation for those markets.
Wonder, Celebration and whatever next? Wonder is a wonder! You might think that it means something similar to doxology and you would be partly right. I do intend to make it close to doxology because I want to describe a cycle or process of interaction. Andy Goldsworthy sees with different eyes. His work flings its [...]
If doxology is engaging with the dream of God, and discernment is learning from this dream, what happens when we turn from that secret place and face the stage upon which God’s history is enacted? Lament is what happens when we are faced with the loss of that dream, it is the natural and even [...]
The next three posts were originally a single introductory section in Which Art in Heaven. They don’t split very neatly into separate posts largely because there are few real gaps between the ideas. I am employing three couplets, Doxology and Discernment, Lament and Resistance, Wonder and Celebration, and linking them to ideas about the prophetic [...]
It is hard to believe that the creation could result in a story that is as dull and impoverished as its usual telling implies. Listen to most accounts of the first chapters of Genesis today and you could be forgiven for thinking that they were written with the purpose of giving science a smack, thousands [...]
by Whocares Letsmakesomethinganyway For understanding, here is my approach to the word art. In my world this does not have a capital letter except where grammar requires. The capital letter, created (initially) by an emerging coterie of experts (who also deserve no capital letter) who found a purpose that I have yet to appreciate in [...]
The Arts as a Gate The purpose of the original “Which Art in Heaven”, was to lay a foundation for a contemporary theology for the arts for practitioners, more to the point, to help provide practical stepping stones for artists working today from a faith position. It was emphatically not about some idea of Christian [...]
Much of the material that will be central to these posts will cover perspectives on the 'gates' of society, the places of influence that shape the culture. If transformation is a desired outcome, such aspects as strategic prayer and understanding the redemptive gifts of places will play their part. As prayer opens up space, filling it will be vital, not in a controlling, top-down sense, but with a servant spirit. Finding appropriate terminology is difficult. Maybe 'transformation' is not the right term, perhaps 'transfiguration', where inner qualities burst through.
I have chosen to use the term 'gates' and although they can be defined any number of ways these are the seven ways I have chosen to group them by:
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