Jim Wright is a church sower, public but unassuming, thinker, mentor, teacher, local church elder, motivated by redemption, foe of tyrants, friend of the dispossessed, retired international attorney, entrepreneur, former private pilot, and so-so bass fisherman.
Marianne is a retired public school teacher, private but strong, heart, skilled counselor, knows deep intimacy with God, a comfort to others in the Lord, wise, motivated by mercy but has strong resolve, gardener, and a bridge to healing for many.
Together, we have been part of a community of simple, participatory fellowships for many years in our own home county - some of which we helped start.
Our blogs and devotionals spring from firm roots in those local fellowships.
Yes, culture must be actively cultivated, but there must be some plan for the kind of culture one wants to cultivate. That takes prayer and thinking and active conversation. Indeed, how do you want your garden to look?
I agree. The challenge I see for the first step in that process, however, is to acknowledge the legitimacy of cultivating. It seems so much in vogue these days to disconnect from creating culture and becoming engaged in all spheres of human endeavor. Instead, many have pulled back into a more pessimistic, existential and thus isolated mentality that has lost the transcendent values needed to create and sustain healthy culture.