Friday, September 02, 2005

"I See You"

It is said that in parts of Africa, "hello" is replaced with "Sawu bona." Translated, "I see you." The reply is, "Sikhona." Translated, "I am here." One author writes, "The order of the exchange is important: until you see me, I do not exist. It's as if, when you see me, you bring me into existence." Do we truly see each other? Do we truly exist? To all those who visit this "place"...It's good to see you!

9 Comments:

Blogger voixdange said...

My Lord...how powerful!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Constantine said...

That's profound.

Have you read Donald Miller's books, the most famous of which is "Blue Like Jazz?" How 'bout McLaren--i.e. "A Generous Orthodoxy?"

How would you define "Jazz Theology?"

10:50 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

Constantine,

I have read McLaren & Miller's...I appreciated them even profited from them but I am having a difficulty with the whole emergent conversation & movement. It's too homogeneous for me. As you'll see, Jazz Theology, is more convergent than emergent. It is not about how moments lead to separations but how we draw closer to each other as we seek God.

1:51 PM  
Blogger John said...

Jazztheo,

Thanks for stopping by at my blog... I was really excited about blogging when I first started, but no body ever stopped by and I have posted less and less... It's nice to hear from other people...

I saw you had a few links to the emergent church movement sites. I'm an old time clavanist myself and not much in favor of post-modernism, but I thought your post to Constantine was interesting.

What exactly is convergent theology and how does it differ from the emergent church movement?

John...

5:08 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

Hello John,

I agree, it is nice when other's stop by your blog, I'll be checking in on yours...so don't slow down, I look forward to interacting with your thinking.

Convergence...all things emerge, but everything converges. God is about putting things together, uniting, reconciliation...heaven is the great convergence of every language, tribe and nation.

I love theology proper. The post-modern emergent movement gives us some good correctives but something is missing in both of those for me. I think in part, both of those approaches have not had all the voices in the conversation. This blog is my attempt to add an African-American voice.

Jazz emerged but at the samed time it converged...I'll unpack this more as time goes on. It is based upon solid standards yet allows for a lot of freedom to adjust to any given moment. I think that theology, ecclesiology, hermeneutics and homiletics can greatly benefit from a jazz approach.

to be continued...

7:17 PM  
Blogger John said...

I think I understand... Something like moving towards unity and reconciliation among believers without giving away the farm.

12:29 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

That's pretty close but still a bit protective for me. Jazz is more exerimental and hopeful. I asks "what if?" It seeks the product of the bringing together, the bringing together is not the goal.

12:48 PM  
Blogger olympiada said...

Beautiful painting. Did you do it? I like your philosophy Theo, keep on rocking.

10:10 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

Olympiada, good to see you! By the way, what does Olympiada mean?

No I didn't paint the picture, but I agree, it truly is beautiful.

10:23 PM  

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