Imagining the Kingdom
A restorer is not an analyst or a critic or an observer. A restorer is a doer, an actor, an agent of God.
Our perceptions of the world are often made on an instinctive, emotional level. The church has over-valued logic and undervalued aesthetic. If we don't deal with this, our imagination becomes captivated by another story (a contrary story). Liturgies are tactile stories, embodied poems, that captivate our imagine. They don't feed information. They feed our love.
We will not recreate the world if we are constantly reinventing worship. We need tradition for innovation. We need to remember and recover the true story of the whole world, which is contained in historic worship.
When you are immersed in these practices, you are reformed.
James K. A. Smith Calvin College Q, Washington D.C. April 11, 2012