April 17, 2009

Mennonite Weekly Review article

I wrote an article for Mennonite Weekly Review's Urban Connections column. If you have print copy, it was on page 6 of the latest issue. You can also read it online here. Here's a blurb from it:
"I like Eugene Peterson’s take on John 1:14 in The Message — “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” It adds earthiness to the incarnation.

Today, even in dense urban areas, many of us don’t know our neighbors. We pull up the driveway and into the garage, closing it before we even get out of the car. We do this week in and week out, nodding politely to our neighbors as we drive by.

Though our neighborhoods may not have the sense of community they once did, we do feel we have something in common with our neighbors: an understanding of our common geographical space.

On those rare moments that we do banter with our neighbors, we can talk about the landscape, stores and other neighbors, all the while knowing these people will understand what we are talking about.

That is what lies behind the idea of incarnation. As we seek to be more like Christ, we too incarnate the good news of God in our neighborhoods.

But what does that look like? How does the Word become flesh and blood, and move into my neighborhood — through me?"

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