Another War: Technicians Vs. Artists

Whether in church, among Christians or otherwise…

[Disclaimer: All bets are off when one considers “prog-rock” musicians where both techie-minded AND creative artistry meets often in the same individual(s) :)]

It seems to me there are those who meld both disciplines and interact… and I am SO thankful for such people!

At the same time there are those who lean strongly into what I would call scientific, factual and propositional life while there are others who fully live in the world of the creative, the arts, the imaginative.

These two can and often do clash.

The one may be a hardcore bean-counter with near-absolute borders within which box all must “fit” or be discarded while the other might fall into living what I would term “a fictional life”, an anything-goes sort of “whatever”!

Extremism in either case can be a major cause as to why relationships get torched. One demands the right to organize sharply, the other demands the right to creatively express while it’s possible either or both people lack love or the willingness to build community, thus constructing an island rather than serving beyond themselves and their particular position.

To be super-clear I am in this sense talking about people in both camps who are far away from any sense of balance or proportion.

When one considers why marriages, bands, worship teams, local churches and plenty of other groups of humans split, sometimes this is how it may happen.

Fact is, both need the other.

We need folks who bring us back to foundations of reality and sensible boundaries outside of which we are likely to end up in a ditch. We need road signs, stop-and-go lights and painted lines, most of the time.

The world also often benefits from “off-road” dirt bike peeps who are freely moving as they explore while working to dodge cactus all over the landscape. They bring life and a fresh, “another angle” view to us we may never notice without their willingness to take risks.

We also benefit from the folks who pack the first-aid kit fully loaded with a compass, map, extra cellphone batteries and 2 pairs of reading glasses duck-taped to the bike with a reminder to the rider that those things are there (along with the space blanket) in case they need them… along with the tweezers in case they have too close an encounter with the cacti!

Without the one person discovery and multiple expression is hindered. For example, in the church there would rarely be “a NEW song” or anything done in a fresh, new way.

Without the other type of individual the pitch of songs would be off the charts and nobody could sing along due to the oft-changed rhythm.

The one might become a pharisee of uniformity while the other supposedly walking “in grace” would likely become a one-person church (though the very term literally means “assembly”… two or more!).

BOTH have the ability to set off a great deal of pain and confusion, the extremes of either bringing blood to boil in marriage and family, workplaces, bands, worship teams, churches, etc..

Anyone for progressive rockers?? Ha. You likely get my point.

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Decently and In Order Podcast

Just home from a week of teaching/fellowship with our Project 12 students and staff as well as interaction at Hebron Center, amazing and great drug rehab work in Indiana.

So it was raining, I was thinking and decided to post a podcast. To be very clear, there ARE some clear, drop-dead “this is how it IS” things in the Bible you and I and lots of folks don’t like… but the issue of how that gets worked out in local relationships is huge. I’m just musing, sort of riffing on the idea with regard to Paul’s teaching (which I agree with by the way) and various ways people apply it- from 1 Cor. 14.40

Here’s the link:

Project 12 Kicks off 2013-14 Intensive

Project 12 is currently finishing its opening week over at Hebron Center near Bloomington Indiana. Lots of classes and fellowship.


It has been an intense week of prayer, exploring God’s creation, Scripture study, dicussing community, fun and over-all getting to know one another.

The men here are serious about rehab and relationship with Jesus and one another.

Here are just a few photos from this incredible week.

Thank you for stopping by:)