and a work in progress exploring the us of metaphors in art and the way they interact with nature/natural.

this is a bad reflection of mesa while driving through western NM.


Ancient vestiges, timeless stones_____________They rise from earth,

reveal the terrainial foundations._____________stair by stair

_______________________________________their ancient abode ascend.

Layers cracked long deserted,

rumbled wreckage and ruins,________________Steps immovable,

the primal dwelling remains,_________________imposing grandeur,

collapsing,_______________________________in flawless perfection kept;

and the rest;_____________________________on them mount

a eons fall to the earth._____________________the gods.

things to think about on this blog (so i don’t forget)

after virtue, search for belonging, african theology,

alienation and existentialism, theology and persons (primal situation of theology), narrative theology, postmodern churches, death, metaphor and mesas. and all the stuff i forgot but will add.

yesterday dave whited and i went the Passion Experience Tour here at Trinity. I went two years ago (and used it as a “text” to analyze in a seminary class) and thought that I should check it out to see if things that I said still held true. dave crowder and Charlie hall we there to “lead” us.

positively, it seems (to use Passion as a litmus for the broader contemporary worship movement) that they are moving out of their “historical amnesia” (that’s dave’s term for it). happily we sang several ancient hymn, even spoke one w/o singing, and they talked quite a bit about church history/tradition.

but on the whole, it seems that they have not really reached the liturgical movement toward an embodied worship, nor really seen the debilitating effects flowing from “concernt” worship, nor the perpetuation of consumerism. Should we even pay to worship, should people raise/spend money to go on worship “tour.” anyway…more could be said but I’ve said it elsewhere…(i’ll try to post my longer writings on this topic if i can figure out how.)

I recently just finished joe myers book the search to belong. It has been one of the most helpful books that I have recently finished (besides Alasdair MacIntyre’s after virtue). a little bit ago a couple of us sat down with joe and talked about the application of the ideas present by joe. here are some of my reflections on the spaces of belonging. (i’ll write a short explanation of the book soon.)

but concerning spiritual formation and the spaces of belonging…

why i think it is important to investigate the link b/w spiritual formation and the spaces of belonging…

1) – if we are to take seriously the critique of the modern church as both individualized and privatized, then we must find our way out of a individualized/privatized spirituality. (also a modernity overly “romantic/intimate” creating problem of intimacy w/ God and/or God is my best friend syndrome). Therefore, while we need a renewed knowledge of ancient/holistic spiritual practices, i.e. labyrinth, jesus prayer, praying the hours, fasting, meditation, icons, vigils,… we also need to understand the public/social/person/intimate aspects about them so that we don’t inadvertently made them individualized/privatized. (and i think that this is all too often the problem with the turn toward community, it merely becomes a displaced individualism once removed.) A spiritual formation angle on the “spaces” is important b/c it will transform familiar practices like prayer, confession, worship, and preaching. People who don’t come from a liturgical tradition don’t understand the role of public confession, nor of public prayer read out of a prayer book b/c they have lost those categories outside a spontaneous intimate relationship. well, more could be said…

2) it might be intestesting/useful to consider how or if ancient writers on spiritual formation used or comprehended the spaces. (this type of historical investigation would lend support to your argument, but might make it too long.)

3) it is well documented that evangelicals are leaving their modern tradition and joining liturgically rich traditions. after talking w/ you i’ve been thinking that maybe one reason is that these types of church are much more public in their worship through liturgy; they have space for “public.” i’ll have to do more thinking about this and have a clearer idea about the “spaces”, but an explication of an Anglican/Catholic mass in term of the spaces might be interesting as a continual case study through you book.

brazenly taken from the title of an Annie Dillard book that I just happened across while staying w/ friends in new mexico, “for the time being” conveniently names my interest in “time”, “being” and the provisional nature of thoughts grasping for truth. therefore it is an apt title for this place as I hammer out reflections on the emerging church, whatever I’m reading, and life in general.