This last week I was given 2 new books. The first Manga Messiah, was a comic book version of the gospel story that is based on the manga style that comes out of Japan and has spread around the world. Evidently this is the only form of print that is presently increasing in sales. it may not be the form of the gospels that most appeals to me but obviously it has huge potential for reaching out to young people around the world that are into this form of reading. For more information check out the website Next
The following day I was given a copy of Ancient Christian Devotional, a Year of Weekly Readings, by Cindy Crosby & Thomas Oden. This fascinating devotional draws on the wisdom of early Christian saints and leaders. It provides rich material for prayer and meditation. Much more my cup of tea than the Manga Messiah.
One thing that intrigues me is that both this reach back to ancient wisdom and the reaching forward into new forms for expressing the gospel message are equally compelling and important in our day and age. I meet a growing number of Christians of all ages who are looking back to ancient writings for inspiration yet at the same time want to be able to express their faith in a way that is appropriate for their own culture and context. In the process they are discovering rich new ways to worship God and to grow in their faith.
I have mentioned before that I have learned a lot from Christians from other cultures. That learning is not restricted to cultures in other countries or to our present day. My faith is continually enriched by my interaction with subcultures within my own cultural context – everything from Skateboard culture to Hip Hop Church. And at the same time I am enriched by the ancient writings of Christians who lived almost two thousand years ago. What an awesome God who can find new ways to be revealed and expressed – and I suspect that we have only scratched the surface of who God is.