vol. 3, num. 16 :: 2004.10.08 — 2004.10.21
Each day, each life can be seen as a series of small journeys. What are the steps we take in the various processes of our lives and why are they important to us?
An artist learns to connect his craft with Sunday mornings.
From driving brainstorms to way past our bedtime, an account of how our issues come into being.
An exploration of the nature of loss.
An exploration of repentance in the context of Northern Ireland offers insight into a complex healing process.
A college professor shares a story of living in relationship with God.
A review of the film Garden State.
A banner artist displays her process via photos.
On the process of making a rock and roll album.
On seven stages in the journey of faith.
A last-minute duty yields lasting revelation.
The task of prophetic imagination and ministry is to bring to public expression those very hopes and yearnings that have been denied so long and suppressed so deeply that we no longer know they are there. Hope, on the one hand, is an absurdity too embarrassing to speak about, for it flies in the face of all those claims we have been told are facts. Hope is the refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion; and one does that only at great political and existential risk. On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question. Thus the exilic community lacked the tools of hope. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly forfeited because they are an embarrassment. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly squelched because they are a threat.
The Prophetic Imagination
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