New access to our very, very, very old God
Said simply, we learn differently–each of us. In his 1983 book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner suggests individuals have distinct kinds of intelligences. Gardner lists eight intelligences including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, bodily-kinesthetic and linguistic intelligences.
If we learn differently, it stands to reason that we experience differently, too. This is true for religion. What works for most does not work for all.
Gardner points out what is brilliant and obvious, and I cannot imagine a classroom teacher who has not at least heard of him. So, where are we applying this data to worship?
That’s the question each religious leader asks constantly. The Christian names the Holy Spirit as the spark, energy, or entity that is always dancing in our minds, busy sprinkling new and innovative ways to bringing God’s endless presence all the closer to all of us.
Jesus Cloned is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit saying, “Hey, here’s another way to get God. Here’s another route to experience Jesus. Here’s another mode to seeing the Holy Spirit at work in our world today.
In prayer and in close time with God, I wonder and wander with the Three-in-One. I am solid in and grateful for my church and its people, and have always been called to the peripheral, the ones on the cusp of a church life or refute or refuse organized religion altogether.
So often I have heard this thinking, “God is God over there someplace. I’m here.”
I love a challenge. I also love a good God who does reach and teach in big, bold ways. I totally get that what I’m about to say sounds totally religious to those in and out of religion, but God inspired this novel. God did the work, wrote the script, and inched me along page by page. I can put stuff together, sure, but I’m not good enough to plot what twists in Jesus Cloned. That was all God.
And God continues to have me on the road of reaching people with a new experience, a Jesus character walking in our modern world. This novel is another access point. Join me in allowing it to reach wider audiences, deserving audiences, lost audiences. Share this work. Let it open something new in you and in others.
God is still speaking. Let His voice be heard.
“We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” –1 John 4:13-16