Welcome to the intro post to a new series on the musical RENT. You may well be thinking what on earth can be learnt from a musical? What would the musical RENT have to do with Jesus? Well this series is for you…
The three R’s
You have to be careful when you mention names in public, a wrong name here can lead to people switching off before you’ve begun.
The name Mark Driscoll can do just that.
While I would not agree with everything he’d say, I do think that Pastor Mark has added great value to the conversation about mission, biblical manhood, fatherhood, discipleship and leadership. Some of his hyperbolic statements have caused more than a little stir, but at heart I believe he is a man of great vision and has a great deal to say on mission and culture.
One of his returning teachings is that on current culture and how we process it as those who are learning to follow Jesus. His slide rule of Reject, Receive and Redeem is great when dealing with any part of culture and RENT seems like a great piece of art to see if he’s right…
What are the things that we as followers of Jesus need to reject? Not as many as you might think…but more on that in later posts.
What are the things that we as followers of Jesus need to receive and what do we learn from? A great deal…but more on that in a later post.
Finally, what are the themes that we look to redeem, what has kingdom value but needs a little theological tweaking? You’ll have to wait and see on that one….but more on that…well you get the point… 😉
Future Posts & Guest Blogger
We will be looking at the musical and it’s themes through the lens of ten key songs (we could have done one for every song – but had to narrow it down!). We will be writing about the characters themselves, the themes the songs bring out and what we can learn from them.
You may have noticed that I have switched to using we, that’s because @MrsBlunders and I will be writing this new series together!
So, the ten songs;
1) Seasons of Love
3) One Song Glory
4) Life Support
5) Out Tonight
6) Santa Fe
7) I’ll cover you
8) La Vie Boheme A+B
9) Without You
10) Finale B
We will be posting every Thursday starting from next week (Thursday 24th November).
I (Steve) will also be returning to praying through the gospel of John each week, so look out for that one as well.
It is also worth noting that we will not be hijacking the musical and forcing biblical themes onto the songs. As we have listened, watched and sung these songs it is clear that they speak of real truth, real lives and real situations.
If (as we believe) God is real, than He must have something to say about these real themes and we believe He has done through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
We hope you join us on our journey through RENT, we hope that it helps you explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus and we hope that if anything in the past has put you off that this may be a restarting of your interest in Jesus.
So with that we’ll see you next Thursday as we delve into the musical RENT.
Grace and Peace,
Steve & Susie