aRt and tHeOlOgY: Vulnerability, Wonder & Costly Grace

July 29, 2013 — 2 Comments

We are inherently predisposed to create and find meaning, gratitude, contentment, joy, and purpose in that activity. The point of contact which occurs between the Creator, who has graciously invited and gifted us, as His creature, is grounded in the Christ who summons humanity to participate with Him. For the biblical text is clear: that although we may choose to abandon God, ‘He desires to be God with us and for us; He does not want to be God without us’ (Karl Barth).

‘Jesus asks nothing of us without  giving us the strength to perform it (1959:xxxiii)…Costly grace is the Gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which men and women must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives man and woman the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all it is costly because it cost God the life of his son, ‘you were brought at a great price’; and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us’ (Bonhoeffer ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ 1959:5)

‘Schools should not be boot camps for learning how to make a living. They should be places for learning how to make a life.’ (Elliot Eisner, ‘What do the Arts teach? 1998, Stanford University, 2003)

‘All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children…This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord’ (Is.54:13 & 17)

Apart from the comment in the video below, which falsely connects conservative thinking with fear, this summary is phenomenal.

2 responses to aRt and tHeOlOgY: Vulnerability, Wonder & Costly Grace


    Loved the video- especially comments about the fear of being wrong. And a little bit inspired to mosaic a toilet to plant things in…



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