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This, That, and Paradox | A Simple Introduction to Communicative Rationality

Ideas often unfold for me while I’m walking. Last Thursday morning this video unfolded in my mind. It has three origins:

  1. The final sermon in the series on Job is coming up over Labor Day weekend. The wisdom of Job leads us to the deep, paradoxical mystery of God and reality.
  2. Richard Rohr’s meditations were all about paradox last week. Read my post here.
  3. Communicative rationality played a big part of my dissertation. The third way I describe in the video is the substance of the Kingdom of God that Jesus invited us to indwell. This is key for the missional church.

So, I decided to make this video. I’ve spent about 25 hours on it between Friday morning and this morning. I know, it seems so simple, how could it have taken so long? Welcome to the world of animation.

Let me know if this makes any sense. I have also included the audio file for the podcast listeners. Enjoy!

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  • Anne August 29, 2016 at 10:28 am

    This is a great illustration of paradox, and potential for entering the 3rd way, tapping into that great energy that is the love of God. I see so many areas of life where this applies. The opening of the fortress walls, and making ourselves vulnerable is often the biggest barrier. I am amazed that you could do this in a weekend. It doesn’t seem simple at all. It has given me much to think about. Thank you.

  • Jim Thomason August 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Excellent animation of the concept. Keep on Keeping on!

  • Steve Witwicki August 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

    As a worship leader passionate for having the privilege to influence others for Christ and graphic artist for over 40 years. I am blown away. Excellent job of illustrating a tough topic!

    • stevethomason August 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Steve. Feel free to use it.

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