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Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Art, Work | 1 comment

The Way of Nature, The Way of Grace – Tree of Life

The Way of Nature, The Way of Grace – Tree of Life

Recently I attended an event on faith and the arts. Erik Lokkesmoe of Aspiration Entertainment told a moving story. A secular journalist who had recently seen Terrence Malick’s film “The Tree of Life,” bluntly told him, “I call bullshit on all churches who don’t send busloads of their people to see this movie.” We then sat, about 90 of us, in a small art studio in Denver and watched the clip above from the opening monologue. Since then, I’ve watched it about 10 times. I pause. I listen. And I’ve been ruminating on the quote below. Do I live the way of nature or the way of grace? Do I accept slights, or do I look out for just myself? As I repeatedly watch this, I feel something heal inside me. I offer this clip and quote to you here for your own reflection. “The nuns taught us there are two ways through life, the way of Nature and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Architecture and Design, Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

The Tree of Life: The Story of 600 Grant St., Suite 722

The Tree of Life: The Story of 600 Grant St., Suite 722

  As I awoke, I heard a voice. “In the beginning, God created the tree of life.” My guide took me to a garden, green and blooming, with four rivers running through it. And at the center, the tree of life stood tall, giving life to all of creation. A man and a woman tilled the soil, ate of its fruit, and were satisfied. “But it came to pass,” he explained, “that man and woman ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When sin entered the world, so did death.” And I saw an angel drive the man and the woman out of the garden. With a flaming sword, flashing back and forth, the angel blocked the way to the tree of life. Banished from the garden, the man worked the ground. But no longer did it produce fruit. Up sprang thorns, thistles, and the desire to rule. Work became toil. Splinters caused pain. A curse frustrated man’s best efforts to once again eat from the...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Culture, Theology | 0 comments

Work and the Destiny of the World

Work and the Destiny of the World

  Our view of the destiny of the world should deeply influence how we understand work. In the renewed Jerusalem, there is a river flowing from “the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city,” (Rev. 22:2).  And on both sides of river is “the tree of life, bearing crops of fruit.” The tree of life, from which humanity was exiled after the Fall in Genesis, is now at the heart of the city.  The culmination of history includes both the divine (throne, river, and tree of life) and the human (the city). The great hope of the Christian faith is for a renewed human city, a day in which God will reign over human life, including our cultural production that comes from work. This biblical vision of the future is radical, especially when we compared to other worldviews: The traditional fundamentalist vision is that this world will be burned up in judgment and believers will live with God in...

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