I’m just doing some research into some of the artistic endeavors that are going on in Sheffield at the moment and I came across this explanation of one groups ‘mission’:

Central to our work is initiating dynamic relations between groups of people whose motive or ethos we see, in some way, aligning to ours. Much of our work involves direct communication towards unspecified outcomes; an endeavor which continually directs us as artists and circumnavigates typified modes of production. Our work aims to investigate the nuances of and the fissures within the hyper-expansion of what might be labeled community art. Through the initiation of temporary structures of communal production we are working towards mapping out a constellation of projects which intersect such issues as self organisation and resistance. Central to our work is the negotiation of our interpretations of home and the global, and the part that our built environment plays in our appropriation of these.

Now, my guess is they could have said all of that in about 2 lines that most people would have then been able to understand.

But this is the language a number of artists use. It’s very philosophical and high sounding, and perhaps illustrates an attempt to engage with the world at a deeper level.

My Gospel Community is seeking to reach people in this artistic community. Should we then adopt such language in order to engage with them?

Perhaps we would do well to read up on some popular philosophies so we’ll at least be able to understand what they’re talking about. Of course we don’t need to become pretentious. Pretentiousness often has the result of excluding, whether intended or not (which is ironic given that the above group are attempting to be ‘folky’). God’s people are never to be exclusive, but inclusive.

We need to meet these people where they are at, showing we understand what they are saying, but show them a wisdom that smashes their worldly wisdom. We need to show them the simplicity of the gospel – the good news which is truly folky as a carpenter is revealed to be the Son of God as he dies and rises again – now that is a story to tell around a fire…

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