Phil Brewer, local friend..
... apostolic artman (one of his paintings above)-musician-lifecoach-counselor-prophetic cartoonist-Renaissance(and Reformation!)Man-Pastor of St. Arbucks-(Wow, how do you do it all?)
..wrote a piece for our "Shift Happens" Forum called "Analog vs. Digital: Christian Ideals and Human Frailty", readable in full by clicking the title, and excepted below:
Life is "analog," I.e.: "messy," perhaps more like Aristotle's life-passion.
Christian ideals (necessary and worthwhile as "platonic" goals) are "digital"
you might say. A novel is digital, a film, a well-composed Chopin prelude orfine
art painting--is digital. ... I recently went back to an old analog watch. I
wanted to see the analogous relationship of the hands marking time--not just
numbers--to see what time it is in relation to the past and future. Spiritually,
I like to think of the hope of future time--glory with Christ, and also look
back, in thankfulness, over past altars--the piles of Bethel stones--testifying
of God's faithfulness through the rough "analog" times.
I noted that my cell phone has an option to show the clock on the screen in digital form... or simulated ANALOG form..sign of the times !
Finally, to come full circle (speaking analog-clock-wise), I interviewed Phil here on building bridges from St. Arbcks to church...something he models well, no matter what time it is.
Note: Phil Brewer's website is www.philipbrewer.com, not to be confused with another Phil Brewer at www.philipbrewer.net. But the other Phil looks interesting, too. Hmm, which Phil is amalog, which is...