June 2010 – Monthly Letter

by Geoff Hall on July 1, 2010

June, 2010. CURIOSITY

Dear Mentoring Group,

For my birthday I was bought a copy of ‘The Message’, to replace the loose-leafed edition I currently use. I just can’t put it down. After nearly 36 years of being a Christian it is like reading a new book!!

The language Eugene Peterson uses is more personal than the ‘sanctified’ verse-form we are used to, and which of course, was not how the original readers experienced it.

Language is important for artists, whether poetic, visual, narrative, music or movement. It got me thinking about the language we use and whether it is exclusive and assumes a particular kind of familiarity, or if it is a language of common experience, the lingua franca? I’m not of course talking of dumbing-down, or being inclusive. It seems that we have suffered enough from the social engineering we call ‘political correctness’.

There are of course different languages, depending on the medium, but when communicating something of our spirituality and worldview do we assume too much, or indeed too little of our audience?

I’ve been reading the Book of Acts and came across a wonderful way of putting things. Paul is in Ephesus causing all sorts of trouble and Luke records this in Acts 19vv17-20:

It was soon all over Ephesus among both Jews and Greeks. The realisation spread that God was in and behind this. Curiosity about Paul developed into reverence for the Master Jesus.

That last sentence speaks volumes about communication and about character. It seems pretty obvious to us that God was behind all the goings on at Ephesus, however, that is with 2000 years of hindsight. At the time, in the now of Acts, Paul was an enigma to the citizens of that city. Influence is a thing which has been maligned by the Evangelical Community in the past. We are meant to go for the direct proclamation of truth, not flit around the borders of nuance. BUT! We read about such a thrilling time in the history of our faith, and it seems that the likes of Paul where still enigmatic to the public.

In John we read the words, “You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’, by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (v7-8)

Please note it says that is the way with ‘everyone’ who is born from above. What does that mean for how we live our lives and therefore the work we produce? It means we should excite curiosity in others; as to where we are coming from, how we live and what we create. Otherwise we can fall into creating an art of the obvious statement, of pretext, not of context and subtext.

We should remain a curiosity, so that reverence for Jesus may develop in the hearts of others!

Peace and Love to you all,



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Hi Geoff and other bloggers,

If you add an RSS feed gadget to this blog then it will be easier for us to see when you have posted something new.

I love blogging too!…..


by S J Trigg on July 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm. Reply #

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