Saturday, August 22, 2015

Arts Special of The CALL

Arts Special

The fallen ‘angel’ picture has created quite a controversy in the past weeks with the heights of ignorance reaching its peak of people believing it to be real! It is an art work, a sculpture of the Chinese conceptual artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu. Taking “Art” to be “fallen” and “unchristian” the church has largely come to either disassociate itself with arts or to limit it. The cause to bring back arts into the Christian thinking with biblical perspectives and to see the call of the church in this form is the case for this issue “Arts Special”.

Art is everywhere; walking through the Phoenix Market City in Chennai or the Marina Bay, Singapore or the IGI Airport, New Delhi, the shopper or the casual stroller or the traveller definitely stumbles upon the art forms installed here. But art is not limited to modernity or urbanity and this is evidenced through the tribal art forms of Bihar and Jharkhand that adorn the Cover of this issue. And the Bible celebrates the arts of ordinary people; the first recorded song writer of the Bible, Moses was a slave, the greatest hymnist David was a shepherd.

This issue of The CALL carries works on literature, performing arts, visual, media and culinary arts. Among its literary works this issue brings two poems, ‘Walking Thru Darkness’ and ‘Paid to be Away’. ‘The Song that turned my Life’ is a testimonial to how Scripture based songs can touch & transform people. A new feature in this issue is the Book Review on the Bihar-Bangalore connection book, ‘Booker Prize Winner ‘The White Tiger’’.

The Greek word for ‘Hypocrite’ is the technical term for the performance artist, a stage actor. The lead article ‘Practice What You Preach (and Sing)’ narrates two incidents from the life of Brother Augustine Jebakumar and shows how what we teach or preach or sing need to align with our life.

A treat for children is the Comic Strip in the Children’s Chronicles column, ‘Pyari’s Secret’. The Magnifying Glass column article ‘Reaching Children, Creatively’ features the use of arts in the ministry among children by GEMS.

‘The Greatest Literature’ recounts the reminiscence of an English teacher and ‘English Literature & my Bible Study’ of a University Verbal Faculty. There are also treats to the taste buds in the Culinary Arts section, but with a difference – the taste of eternal life in three narrations!

For people in arts it is easy to be carried away by the satisfaction of producing an art or by the appreciation it brings. The Scribe Baruch & Prophet Jeremiah belonged to the few who harkened to the word of God. While the entire book of Jeremiah is prophecies concerning Judah, in the 45th chapter we see a prophecy directly concerning Jeremiah’s Scribe, Baruch. This is the word of God to Baruch, “And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them…” (45:5).

The MK Memoir article of a GEMS MK ‘Student of Literature & the Scripture’ ends rightly with these words, “…make me an instrument, for your glory alone” and this needs to be the aspiration of every Christian in arts, “Arts for the glory of God”.

The Director’s Desk encourages the readers in ‘Heart of Art’ to “develop and apply the God given potentials with creativity and innovation through empowerment” and brings in balanced biblical perspectives to the arts of mentoring, giving, preaching, witnessing, leading and administering so that the Lord may build you as an “instrument for His noble purposes” (2 Tim 2:21).

Art is Creativity and God is the source of creativity. The art of God starts with the Creation and culminates at the Calvary and the Cross reconciles this torn world and troubled lives to God. Francis A. Schaeffer summarises beautifully in ‘Arts & the Bible’, “A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.”

A(rt)ction driven reading!

Mariyosh J

Chief Editor, The CALL

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Biblical Governance

"When man rebelled and sinned against God, the image of God was not lost, but marred resulting in chaos not only in man but also in the creation as a whole. As the populace increased God began looking for someone to stand in the gap - to bring people back to His original purposes for them. As a first step He chose and saved Noah along with his family from the judgment for sin of universal flood that God sent. The next was Abraham whom God chose to restore human race to Him and to His purposes: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…. and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen.12:2-3). God further promised that kings will be born among his descendants. Here we see that kings, kingdoms or nations are not products of human ingenuity but God’s plan for human race." writes Christopher Murugan (Social Development Officer, GEMS) in this article in The CALL.

He goes on to talk about the transition from theocracy to monarchy, God's purpose for rulers and on the call for Christians to involve.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

God’s Cabinet

"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

This (God's Cabinet) is an attempt in looking at the ministries of a nation’s government in the light of the Scriptures. The Bible clearly talks about governance in all areas and gives direction to every issue. Reading and meditating through these verses in this light gives new perspective, the means and hope for change and good governance." writes Mariyosh J (Chief Editor, The CALL) in this article in The CALL.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MK in Mission

"Being the firstborn or to call myself the first MK (Missionary Kid) of GEMS has always given me a pride, but the pressure to set an example to other MKs has always placed a fear on the other side. I had always been prepared to sacrifice for others...

Let me tell about my first experience of working with a mission organization. It was a fresh new experience, though only for 6 months. We were mostly involved in facilitating programs and in training work. I could not stay there for long because most of the programs were only in meetings or papers and implementation and action was not there. It was a good ground for me to connect to various people and organizations. But if the decisions taken remained in the board rooms and presentations, it would hamper the growth of the ministry and the kingdom of God. Due to this I could not stick on to that organization for long, as that was not the background in which I was raised." writes Goforth Jebakumar (Administrator & Finance Coordinator, GEMS) in this article in the The CALL.

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He talks about Administration in Missions, Lessons from the Corporate and ends with a word for other MKs.

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