And now let the weak say, “I am strong”,
Let the poor say, “I am rich”,
Because of what the Lord has done for us…
We sang these words during a worship session at a retreat in Nepal. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and most of us had been working there for a few years. The person leading the retreat had come into the country on a visit and was perhaps experiencing a bit of culture shock. His first words after the worship session were, “What do those words mean? How can you sing ‘Let the poor say I am rich’ when surrounded by such poverty?”
Someone with a different perspective effectively debunked our superficial spiritualising of sentiments expressed in the Psalms. With one comment he used the words of the text to undermine our casual acceptance of what we thought it meant. It was a particularly effective example of ‘deconstruction’, which is such a feature of postmodernism. Read more
I want to be a grace guerilla
no longer a chameleon of karma
the time has come to stand out from the crowd.
I want to give forgiveness a fighting chance of freeing me
I want to live in love
and live it out loud.
(from Humanifesto by Gerard Kelly.1 The full poem is available here)
For several years I have been on a journey of exploration and discovery. It has been a journey from a settled and stable life of faith within a traditional, mainstream Christian denomination towards a less settled and stable, yet more personal and profound, life of discipleship.
This pilgrimage has been prompted by a growing sense that the forms and expressions of faith that I had grown up with no longer ‘fit’ with the world in which I am living. It is widely recognised that our culture is undergoing a fundamental change. This has been described as a shift from modernity to postmodernity and from Christendom to post-Christendom.
It is not just society that has been changing. I have been changing with it and I now resonate with many aspects of postmodernism. Read more