Welcome to From the Intersection. In this space, I’ll reflect on the intriguing and often complex relationship between “culture” and “faith.”
The culture in which I live and on which I’ll reflect is, in one way, the same culture in which virtually everyone in the United States now lives: a “post-” culture: post-modern, post-Christendom, and post-9/11. It’s a culture in which the only absolute seems to be the conviction that there are no absolutes, in which the once cozy and mutually supportive relationship between the church and society is quickly disappearing, and in which much of our common life has been infected by fear and mistrust.
More specifically, though, the culture in which I live is “Appalachian-urban and bohemian-traditional”–the culture of Asheville, NC. Asheville is a beautiful, fascinating and surprisingly diverse place in which to live and work. This rapidly-changing mountain town can, some days, feel like a small borough of New York City and, other days, like Mayberry.
And, the faith which intersects with that culture is, for me, faith in Jesus, who reveals the heart and character of God to be tender and transforming love, a love which is restless to restore, heal, and renew all things and all people.
I invite you to join me in this conversation.