In part one of this series, I provided observations of the grey milieu in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), exploring themes of ambiguity, disorder and confusion, and emptiness and loss. Additionally, I suggested a framework for grey theology. Here in part two, my aim is twofold: first, I articulate briefly why this grey reality exists, and second, I reflect on the construction of a grey theology.
For reasons generally related to religious aversion, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) has long been dubbed “spiritually dark,” and, more recently, the “None Zone.” Here, ‘darkness’ and ‘absence’ are words used to describe the spiritual environment of the region. However, I suggest we consider a different word to describe the PNW: grey—a term that captures a particular attitude toward life . . . a mundane, humdrum, dullish mood about the nature of everyday reality.
Children’s author and illustrator Peter Brown wrote a fine book a few years ago entitled The Curious Garden, containing wonderful metaphors of church planting and disciple-making. I first read this story to my kids when we happened upon it at our local library. It made such a good impression on us that we eventually purchased […]
In Part 1 of this series, I talked about four reasons why we should speak the gospel to one another. In Part 2, I would like to share four practical ways to speak the gospel to one another, as well as provide encouragement to speak the gospel with spontaneity and courage. The first two ways […]
The reformer Martin Luther – a preacher of the gospel and no stranger to a fight – once said that knowing the gospel and teaching the gospel is so necessary for discipleship that we must beat it continually into our heads (he had a fierce way with his metaphors). Luther knew this gospel-beating was needed […]