Re: Slam 'em with the gospel
- Thanks, Steve. I finished a couple rough drafts over lunch. It's
not strictly traditional poetry, which I enjoy writing. But I
thought a looser, more modern style would fit in better in this
crowd. Plus it allows for greater freedom. Want to see what I've
got so far?
--- In email@example.com, getsmitty
> Great idea. Perhaps Newton's "The Tamed Lion" will inspire you:
> 1 A Lion, though by nature wild,
> The art of man can tame;
> He stands before his keeper, mild,
> And gentle as a lamb.
> 2 He watches, with submissive eye,
> The hand that gives him food,
> As if he meant to testify
> A sense of gratitude.
> 3 But man himself, who thus subdues
> The fiercest beast of prey,
> A nature more unfeeling shows,
> And far more fierce than they.
> 4 Though by the Lord preserv'd and fed,
> He proves rebellious still;
> And while he eats his Maker's bread,
> Resists his holy will.
> 5 Alike in vain, of grace that saves,
> Or threat'ning law, he hears;
> The savage scorns, blasphemes, and raves,
> But neither loves nor fears.
> 6 O Saviour! how thy wondrous pow'r
> By angels is proclaim'd,
> When in thine own appointed hour,
> They see this lion tam'd.
> 7 The love thy bleeding cross displays,
> The hardest heart subdues;
> Here furious lions while they gaze,
> Their rage and fierceness lose.
> 8 Yet we are but renew'd in part,
> The lion still remains;
> Lord, drive him wholly from my heart,
> Or keep him fast in chains.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dan Fraas"
> <fraasrd@y...> wrote:
> > Hey friends.
> > I had a neat idea. There is a coffee house downtown in Salt Lake
> > City which has open mic "poetry slam" every Saturday night. I'm
> > fixing to go down there this weekend and present the gospel in a
> > poem. I haven't written it yet, but I'm going to try and stay
> > from "religious" words while communicating clearly to try and
> > clear of long-held misconceptions. I'm going to give it my best
> > to help the "free audience" understand the gospel. Whether to
> > or reject is their choice, predetermined by God, of course. I
> > it's not far removed from what Paul did when he visited the
> > in Athens. I'm going to where I know I can get an easy audience
> > which will listen, at least initially.
> > Riley