Ethnodoxology: Arts & Culture in the Church
Dr. Robin Harris, Course Instructor
Registration is open for our March modular class, “Ethnodoxology: Arts & Culture in the Church.” This course is an absolute must for anyone desiring to use their artistic talents for the glory of God. Students explore how to help local communities use their own indigenous art forms as expressions of worship. It is invaluable to missionaries, worship leaders, and artists across the board. Dr. Robin Harris, a veteran missionary with background in both Alaska and Siberia, guides students through the complex questions of contextualization and worship that the Alaskan church faces today.
Text Jonathan at 907-982-4091 to reserve your seat!
As a kid, I loved to explore. In fact, I was certain that's why God made Saturday. I'd saddle my horse, whistle for my boyhood dog, grab the BB gun and go wherever I wanted--unafraid. This disposition led me to wonderful places.
Things have changed.
Somewhere along the line, the spirit of exploration that led me to so many wonderful places began to wane. I'm not sure when or why the shift took place. Maybe failure began to seem more significant. Maybe careful seemed more mature. Maybe a safe society produced a new kind of wisdom that made me look at adventure as reckless, childish, or wasteful.
Whatever the case may be, at some point it became evident that "life experience" was threatening my sense of adventure. Did this come from wisdom? Was this OK?
I've recently been challenged by the story of Caleb. At age 40, Caleb was commissioned by Moses to spy out the land of Canaan. He saw the giants and well fortified cities and was unafraid. This was remarkable. Even more remarkable, however, is what happened 45 years later. As the land is being apportioned, Caleb goes to Joshua and says this:
"I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in." "Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken." (Joshua 14:11–12)
I've noticed that, unchecked, age can bring atrophy in all it's various forms. All of a sudden, battles fought become celebrations of the past. Not so with Caleb. At 85 years old, he marched on to the next great adventure. He was an explorer and warrior until the end! And the Lord was with him.
Someone once said, "I want my life to be like a river heading toward a water fall gaining momentum until it reaches the edge" (my paraphrase). I agree. But I've discovered this is a battle. Everything in me longs for the comfort of white picket fences and sunshine. For me, a deliberate decision to join the adventure and fight new battles needs to be intentional.
Maybe you can relate?
Jonathan L Garland, VPSD