I hope this is finding you all well. I wanted to say “Hello” and invite you to http://www.envoytown.com. As we look into our initiatives for impacting the culture as Christians in Media it might be a good time to share some of your dreams, plans, and hopes for 2009.How can Envoy come alongside you in that pursuit? I look at this list of people in our neighborhood and we are scattered all over the country. It is great that we can get together and talk shop, ministry, media and arts. How are you influencing the culture from your house?
From Envoy House in Envoy Town we are about to launch a cross continental web radio station, write and publish a daily media-arts column (Press EN), publish audio books, and produce radio spots that reflect what brand sounds like. Finally we are distributing small group studies for writers, artists, songwriters, and producers who will seek out in their communities the studios, agents, investors, networks, and technicians it takes to become media missionaries.
This Christmas I was wondering what this could look like. I spoke to a friend who runs a coffee house in Baltimore and ordered a batch of Envoy Worldview Blend. Coffee and conversation are good ways to share about what we care about and extending invitations to the community. “Yes – there is community, and we can influence the mainstream through media-arts. Love is the message, caring is the posture, and invitation to the neighborhood is key.
Yesterday while I was “pressing en” I heard from a great friend of mine who held me accountable in a critique of the “family-friendly- awards.” I wrote that the programs awarded were not “family-friendly” at all and I was disappointed. I took the next step and perhaps went too far by writing that many of the shows embraced “the culture of death.” I was mainly talking of some of the violent, and macabre pieces that are paraded on the small screen in prime time. My friend rightfully called me on “going too far.” There was a spirited but respectful dialogue and I agreed that my comment was over the top. (you may read the entire discussion on Facebook.) What struck me about it is that there was problem-solving involved. It was like being at Christmas Dinner and the conversation goes from “politics and religion” and elevates to caring, relational and invitational! And that’s when it hit me. I don’t care for politics and religion, I do care when the missing ingredient of love is added to that mix, that we can care about one another while caring about an issue, and a relationship with Christ.
“And so I’m offering this simple phrase to kids from 1 to 92,” If we are to influence the culture through media-arts, the ingredient of love, talking about what we care about , and an invitation to the community are what it is all about. That’s enough to sway any advertiser to buy into the real meaning of Christmas.