Edge of Faith May 2017 - Page 2

FROM THE EDITOR FEATURES Inequality in a fallen world. Some of us are fortunate enough to be born in a situation where we can enjoy clean water, healthy food and warm beds. We spend our youth going to school and then go to college or enter the work force. We get married, have children and buy homes. The cycle repeats. 04 Sustained Wealth PJ Hill 08 The Spaces Between Eric Jacobsen 18 Into the Dark Craig Detweiler 58 Prophetic Lament Soong-Chan Rah FACES OF MERCY 24 Intro/Michelle Arnold- Paine 26 Bryn Gillette 28 Jason Leith 30 Sergio Gomez 36 Melissa Weinman As Christians what is our responsibility? What does the scripture say? 1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. Shalom. P.J. HILL Sustained Wealth and Christian Ethics “Faces of Mercy” Art exhibit and interviews with the artists Craig Detweiler Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century Senior Editor Michael Porter Associate Editor Karla Probert Marketing Director Anne Porter Transcriptionist Madison Williams Layout and Design Matt Kime 41 Bruce Herman For those of us who have and have plenty, do we turn a blind eye to God’s children … to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Many sermons and lessons have been given on this topic and many interpretations have been offered. Is our duty really that difficult to grasp? 48 Jean Wetta Luckily, God is our strength in all situations and He loves all of us and sees us all as equals, rich or poor. 53 Edward Knippers Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ART GALLERY 2 • The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ E conomic Inequality, s , This isn’t the case for everyone; there are those who are born in poverty, that don’t have enough to eat and nowhere to sleep on a regular basis. Those that don’t have a proper education due to bad schools or violence in their neighborhoods that prevent them from accomplishing the educational goals they may desire. Others are born in third world countries that don’t have the resources for anyone or only for the advantaged. Yet others are born in the world where it is torn with violence and war. These are the truly needful. What does Christ say about these less fortunate? art and culture through a christian lens MAY 2017 The verse above is equality in God’s eyes. We are not equal in this world of material goods, but we are one in Christ Jesus. We are not all born or rise to the same economic levels. We do not all indulge in the same economic freedoms. But we are all part of God’s creation and we are all His children. We are all created in His image and being so we all enjoy creativity. I hope you enjoy all the art and thoughtful conversation inside these pages and that it will soften your heart to God’s beauty and mercy. Shalom. * English Standard Version (ESV) The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com • 3