Imagining the Kingdom: Parable, Poetry, and Gospel
From the first moment that he proclaims the kingdom of God, Jesus appeals to our imagination. He makes that appeal through the parables of the kingdom, the paradoxes of the gospel, the enigmatic and beautiful signs he gave in his miracles, and in those moments in the gospels when the heavens open and the ordinary is transfigured, seen in an utterly new light.
In the gift of faith and in Christ himself, we glimpse more than we can yet understand. Our imagination apprehends more than our reason comprehends. Now, this is not to say that the gospel is in any way imaginary in the dismissive sense of unreal or untrue. On the contrary, it is so real and so true that we need every faculty of mind and body, including the imagination, in order to apprehend it.
Intrigued? In these three lectures, listen to poet and master teacher Malcolm Guite lay hold of scripture and poetry to proclaim the utter centrality of the imagination for Christian faith and life.
Have you ever been tired of Christmas even before Christmas came? The joy of the season can be drowned out by an onslaught of advertisements, music, gift lists, sales, and glittering tinsel. Advent can help us. It's an intentional season of waiting, a fast before a feast situated between the first and second coming of Christ.
With his characteristic infectious excitement, poet, priest, and veritable hobbit Malcolm Guite (rhymes with guide) walks through some Advent poems in this engaging talk, including the ancient O Antiphons on which "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is based. It is an encouragement to rediscover Advent as a season that enables us to arrive at Christmas as people who can truly say, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" (Isaiah 9:2).
Watch "Waiting on the Word", a talk given by Guite at St. Paul's Cathedral in 2015. For more from Malcolm Guite, check out Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year.