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The Foolishness of God

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Perform impossibilities
or perish. Thrust out now
the unseasonal ripe figs
among your leaves. Expect
the mountain to be moved.

Hate parents, friends and all
materiality. Love every enemy.
Forgive more times than seventy-seven.
Camel-like, squeeze by
into the kingdom through
the needle’s eye. All fear quell.

Hack off your hand, or else
unbloodied, go to hell.
Thus the divine unreason.
Despairing now, you cry
with earthy logic – How?

And I, you God, reply:
Leap from your weedy shallows.
Dive into the moving water.
Eyeless, learn to see
truly. Find in my folly your
true sanity. Then Spirit-driven,
run on my narrow way, sure
as a child. Probe, hold
my unhealed hand, and
bloody, enter heaven.

Luci Shaw, in A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation, 1 Corinthians 1:20-25


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Art Conference

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Ok, so you missed it.  So did I.  Transformingculture.org.  Somehow, I didn't know about this, but it looks very good.  It's supported by some people I know and respect like Andy Crouch of the Christian Vision Project (an organization I keep up on), Gordon Fee of Regent (read a lot of his stuff), Jeremy Begbie from Cambridge (read some of his stuff), Eugene Peterson (read almost all of his stuff), Ben Patterson from Westmont (used to pray with him ocassionally when he was at Hope College), Barbara Nicolosi from Act One (introduced by a friend of mine in the film industry), Luci Shaw (favorite poet of mine for over a decade), Alison Siewart (met her at Urbana years ago), and many more.  I'm encouraged to see more interaction in the realm of the arts.  Since I left UofM, I've been a little more disconnected from artists than I'd like, and hope to have some reconnection soon. Here's a short video with David Taylor as a preview to the conference:


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