Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Our Mission - Part III

So the first statement of our mission is: Moved by Ancient Wisdom

The second statement of our mission is: Engaging a New Renaissance

The Renaissance movement birthed a whole new era of thinking, knowing and perceiving. In many ways a fresh wave of creativity and invention was birthed. From Artists like Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, who was also an inventor. To Scientist and other inventors like Galileo, Copernicus and Gutenburg.

In that same way, we have entered a new era in which our understanding is expanding in how we gain knowledge and see reality. We are called to understand our times and engage with the world in which we find ourselves in with great wisdom.

Jesus once said that you cannot pour new wine into old wineskins, because the new wine would not be able to be contained in the old wineskins. New times require new approaches. The good news is that the message of God is such that it can never be contained within a particular people or a specific time, but it is cosmic in nature, meant for all people in all times. We are to learn from the past, engage in the present, and prepare for the future. Our context, the Scripture, the Spirit and the community of God help us to determine the best way in which we live out the story of God faithfully and effectively.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Jason Hesiak said...

I read a cool thing from Bono recently, concerning the fact that we have to adapt to our time rather than try to adapt our time to a previous one, saying that its like a king who plops his throne in front of the ocean and tells the tide not rise. The funny thought that I had when I read that - the throne is heavy. It would sink, especially once the tide does in fact reach the point on the beach where the throne has been plopped. And then, because the heavy throne is sunk so deep in the sand, it would be hard to remove. That leaves the king either stranded with water up to his neck, or wandering around like a lost pilgrim without his lost thone.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger J.R. Woodward said...


That is a great illustration the demonstrates the vital importance of this part of ouor mission. Thanks a bunch for sharing it.


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