Honoured to meet this class of seminarians at BGST who are thoroughly engaged in their course on "Christianity, Culture and Society". Before the class commenced, Namiko presented a Hula ho'ano to Mercy Me's song "I Can Only Imagine". I then gave a prepared lecture "The Practice of Poetry as a Re-humanizing Art", covering issues such as the significance of reading the Bible as literature; acknowledging it as a powerful culture-shaping force in history; human moral agency, creativity and story-telling as aspects of the Imago Dei; even how all stories including post modern meta-narratives are ultimately subsumed in the Grandest Narrative of All. I also introduced Francis Schaeffer's Staircase analogy and its implications on the role and responsibility of artists. Finally Namiko and I shared reflections from our life together as arts practitioners and culture stewards, and the ongoing mission of the Laniakea Culture Collective. At the request of the course instructor Tze-Ming Quek, I closed the night with a poem recital. It was also our pleasure to present several books to the BGST library including "The Heart of the Artist" by Rory Noland, "Theological Aesthetics" by G E Thiessen, as well as some books of brilliant poetry by Singapore writers Desmond Kon and Eric Valles, who share my Christian faith.
I am immensely grateful to God for BGST my sometime alma mater, the friendship of teachers such as Tze-Ming as well as my classmates over the years. It's a privilege to keep learning, growing and serving with you. AMDG. - Aaron
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