Rejoice Together – part 2

So that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together.Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John

It has been my experience that the emphasis of this verse is on the “reaping”—the gleaning of the fruit, ​corresponding to the​ practice in​ ministry of looking for opportunities to “bring people to Christ”.* In my previous post​,​ I highlighted that “reaping” wasn’t the only activity mentioned by Jesus in this moment. In fact, he seemed to put reaping in its place alongside the need for sowing or other activities for proper farming – or spiritual growth.

The analogy that Jesus is drawing here relates to what is needed in the whole process of the spiritual journey to Jesus the Christ. In the last post I made my observation, in this one I want to ask several questions.

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Rejoice Together

Green Barley Field

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John

The primary grain staples of 1st Century AD Israel were barley and wheat – used to make bread – an important part of the Jewish gastronomical and spiritual culture. Commonly, in that region, the seeds were sown between the months of November and January, then tilled or hoed into the ground to allow to grow and to protect them from scavengers. Beginning about early April the barley fields would begin to be harvested which would last through May when at the end of that month the wheat harvest would be reaped. When first planted the ground would obviously be brown or clay in color, then as the plants grew to their largest size they would be green, and finally as they would ripe in the full sun their color would change to a light gold or cream color. Altogether about an eight-month period of time for both grains.

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Gospel Neighboring Podcast

On Sundays, Hill City Church sets up their banner in the Gettys Center for people to see that they are in the right place.

On Sundays, Hill City Church sets up their banner for people to see that they are in the right place.

We have really benefited from being a part of a close community here in Rock Hill. The mission statement for our church is “Pursuing the Good, True, and Beautiful of Jesus for the flourishing of Rock Hill”. Last night in a membership class we talked about that mission statement and what our thoughts were about it. I said that I had never known of a church’s mission statement that included the word “beautiful” in it

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A reflection on 6 years in Orlando

Kirk & Sarah

Kirk & Sarah – our last pic in front of 2220.

“You know this was our first house together?”

I was standing on the stairs carrying one of the last of our items down to the moving truck when Sarah said this to me. Today, we are three days shy of our sixth anniversary – when I moved in to Sarah’s two story condominium in Central Florida…our first place together. At the time we thought we were only going to be there for a few months, convinced that God wanted us in New York City. Six years later, I sit in an old court house in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina with Sarah—about to dive into leading an arts organization.

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Posting a friends Post

Hey All,

I noticed it has been months since my last post, therefore I extend my apologies. I have several ideas in the works and will be posting them in the near future. In the meantime, I thought I would share a post from a colleague and friend. Mako Fujimura is someone whom I have tremendous love and respect for and count him a very important friend in my life. His recent essay for the BioLogos Forum is one of he best pieces I have read from him yet…and he has written  a bunch of great stuff.

Make note of where he argues art falls in the warp and woof of human life and thought—and in this case in science. This is why I persuade people to include the act of creativity—art—in their everyday lives. This is why art is of inestimable importance to the world, the Church, and God’s desire for this world right now in this moment in history. Art is not more important than anything else, but it just might be more important right now in history.

Click here for Mako’s essay.

Our Facebook Page

If you were not aware of this before we’d like to let you know that we have a Facebook page.

Click here for our Facebook page.

I post quite often onto that site because it is a primary way I keep in touch with friends. Much of the stuff I post there is art related or where the art and the sacred cross or simply fun stuff from a moment in our daily lives. We’d love to have you subscribe to that site. We are so grateful for your interest in what God is doing through the Beautiful.

Peace,

Kirk & Sarah

Bird and Key

General update from Bird&Key

Hey All,
I had hoped to do a more extensive piece on some things I have been thinking on lately, but having a paper due on Wednesday coupled with holiday activities curbed that notion for now.

I will tell you WHAT I have been thinking about lately, and I hope to write some things on both these subjects in the future. I have been reading a book on “evangelism” during my devotional times of late and it has caused me to think more on that subject…a subject that is quite “taboo” in our culture. So I have been formulating a “defense” of sorts, on evangelism. I don’t want to give a defense strictly from the Bible because even a cursory reading of the Bible does a good job of defending itself in that. I want to focus in on the humanity of persuasion….or evangelism…or proselytizing. We hate those words, but I would argue that they are closely united to what it means to be human – perhaps that is why they are hated so much. Frankly we “evangelize” every where, all the time…we just don’t admit it.

The other area I have been thinking about is related to the series of talks I have been listening to done by Malcolm Guite on the Inklings…

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