Saturday, March 25, 2006

Delivering The Message Outside the Box

One guy whose music I've been listening to a lot lately is Matisyahu. Talk about "outside the box" - you've got to respect a hassidic reggae artist. He's generating a lot of interest for that very reason. You don't put hassidic Jew and reggae artist in the same sentence on a regular basis.

It's just what I was driving at in my post last week. The reason Jesus attracted attention was that he didn't do what people expected. He took The Message out of the synagogue. He told parables. He changed the medium and people took notice - they listened.

I get so frustrated with the church getting stuck delivering The Message in the same old ways. Why are we so scared of creativity when we are made in the image of a Creator who made every snowflake different? Can't we come up with more than the liturgy, a bad drama and the occasional concert?

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