Whatever the specific call ends up looking like for you, a lifestyle of justice is ultimately one saturated in caritas—the all-encompassing, unconditional, grace-filled love of God. It’s a life that sees, knows and loves those in need. It’s a life of passion for a cause that is equally matched with compassionate action. It’s a life in which your own hands and feet and life get dirty as you wade into the messy, painful reality of human need and suffering. And when you do, perhaps even by surprise, you will discover Christ Himself present in the mess.
2. More Phoenix coverage in Christianity Today
The This Is Our City project has continuing coverage of Christians seeking the flourishing of Phoenix this week with a book review about Christians on both sides of the immigration debate, a reflection on what artists can teach us about the importance of people and place, and a video featuring Ricardo, a young undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S. by his parents as a child. You may remember I interviewed Ricardo earlier this year for Undocumented.tv (here and here).
Like a master painter, Dylan uses these darker brush strokes to give his songs depth, contrast, and resonance. He may be bending the escapist rules of popular music by constantly contemplating mortality, sin, the dark power of the human heart, and the fallen-ness of the world he calls his temporary home, but his creative DNA is far more informed by traditional blues, country, and folk music than contemporary pop. Thank God.
4. Engaging high and low culture
Katie and I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Richard Mouw on Sunday. We had a nice chat and he signed a book for us (“With Kuyperian best wishes”). Here he answers the question whether Christians need to “choose between highbrow and lowbrow when promoting the life and mission of the church”:
I am not ready to give up the distinction between “high” and “low” in thinking about cultural expressions. But at the same time, I am convinced that the Christian community needs to take both ends of the spectrum seriously… Both explorations are necessary for the life and mission of the church. In each case, we should be motivated by what we used to sing about with much gusto: “I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.” Both the higher and the lower in human culture are motivated by “golden fancies” and “golden dreams.”
5. The Civil Conversations Project
Gabe Lyons (Q Ideas) and Jim Daly (Focus on the Family) shared a stage this week with Krista Tippett as part of On Being’s Civil Conversations Project (more on the project here). It’s nearly two hours long, but certainly fascinating if you have the time.
Repaso is intended as a thought-provoking compilation of news and commentary from the past week related to the intersections of faith, development, justice and peace. As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of the links and ideas in this roundup!
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