Thursday, March 01, 2012

Truthful beauty and beautiful truth

Here's a prophetic challenge to the "neo-reformed" crowd from the creative wilderness:
Why does neo-reformed preaching tend to be so biblical in content but often boring and unengaging, whereas more "emergent" preaching isn't so solid but is so much more attractive?

Why should it be that way? If truth is portrayed boringly, is that faithful or unfaithful communication?

Liam Thatcher cries out, as voice from among us: "Oh, for truthful beauty and beautiful truth"

Can we have truth and beauty together?

4 comments:

  1. Amen! Truth about God is most true when I feel its beauty and I am caused to worship, for he is a beautiful God.

    I remember listening to a talk online (can't remember who by now) which talked about 'bony sermons' - sermons which were expositional, and had all the skeleton there, but had no warmth, life. It has stuck with me, as a really helpful way of thinking.

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  2. I like Liam's recent attempt at being more creative, preaching John 1 (the overture to the gospel) with an actual overture playing in the background. Anything that adds life and warmth is going to authenticate the message.

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  3. To pick on a friend we have in common, I think of the times I've heard Mike Reeves speak. He certainly embraces biblical content in his messages yet the word "boring" can't exist in the same room with Mike. So as I reflect on your question and on Mike's passion it seems to me that beauty and truth are relational terms.

    Jesus, for instance, claimed to be "the Truth" and we discover the beauty of his creative love towards us in our responses to him. Mike is an example because the joy of meeting Jesus, and the God who is good, is very lively for him. And there's a real beauty in the God he shares with us: it has real substance and is still attractive. The real question may be, how strong is a person's delight in Christ when he or she teaches about Christ? Is their own delight the key to stirring delight in others?

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  4. oo, yes "it seems to me that beauty and truth are relational terms." !!

    And, "The real question may be, how strong is a person's delight in Christ when he or she teaches about Christ? Is their own delight the key to stirring delight in others?" - that is a great question!

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