Mark Galli (bio below) will be at All Saints Church sharing his gifts with our community this weekend. Mark will be calling us to greater intentionality in worship and a new realization of how our worship of Jesus shapes and forms us.
Mark speaks very profoundly but using words and illustrations that are incredibly normal and accessible. Join us on Friday night from 7-9 pm and Saturday 9 am – 1 pm.
Register and ask questions by emailing Zac Koon (Zav.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Suggested donation $10 per person and $15 per household to cover coffee, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
I am senior managing editor of Christianity Today, and author of a few books. I am an Anglican by denomination, evangelical by movement, and a Christian by God’s grace. I’ve been married to one Barbara for 3-plus decades, and am the father of the three grown children.
My educational pedigree includes the University of California at Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!) and Fuller Theological Seminary.
I’ve also done stints editing Leadership journal and Christian History.
I see my current ministry and either editing (CT) or writing (books, columns, and articles) that in one way or another points to the Great Author of our salvation, who has come to us in Jesus Christ that we might participate in him, and thus in the very life of the Trinity.
I assume you are reading this because you are curious about my writing or speaking.
If you are wondering what my Soulwork column is about, start here.
If you’re interested in one of my books, begin here.
Mark Galli spoke at a conference that took place this week at All Saints Church this week. Take some time to get to know him and his prophetic understanding of the world and the church. Mark is a gifted author, speaker and Christian Leader in North America.
Here is a link to a talk I gave recently at the Anglican 1000 Conference in Durham, North Caroline. It looks at how Anglican liturgy–as it proclaims the gospel–relates to three themes of American culture–our fascination with youth, technology, and agency. Here’s how it begins:
In an article in a recent New York Times Book Review, reviewer Mohammed Bazzi discussed a book about the cultural revolution occurring in some sectors of Islam. In particular, he wrote about developments in Islam that “appeal to the American romance with youth, technology, and agency.”
The American romance with youth, technology, and agency. This struck me as a fitting way to think about American culture, and thus a fitting way to think about the place of liturgy in this culture. What does it mean that Americans—and thus American churches—have a romance with youth, technology, and agency? And what is the place of the liturgy?
On the surface, they do not appear to have much to do with one another. Our culture is fascinated with the new and young and revolutionary; the liturgy is taken with things old and traditional and culturally conservative. The culture is enamored with technology, especially with its cardinal virtue efficiency; in the broadest sense, of course, the liturgy is a type of technology, but its sensibilities—a slow and patient unfolding of the story of salvation through words and music–seem to have little relevance in a technological age. The culture highlights human agency—that is, our ability to shape our destiny by dint of will—while the liturgy reminds us over and over that our agency is corrupt and broken, and that it is the agency of Another that matters.
What are we to make of these contradictions?