Honoring Christ In Improv, Acting, And Presenting Scripture-Day 1

Over at MakeJesusCulture.com we had Eric Epperson talking about the Improvisational God. He took a good chunk of time at the start to specify what we do not mean: we don’t mean that God changes, for there is no shadow in him due to change and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So when we say that God’s improvisational, we don’t mean that he’s making it up as he goes along.

What we do mean is that there’s a series of virtues within the practice and community of improv comedy that derive directly from the character and person of God in Christ Jesus.

For instance, there’s this spirit of “Yes, And” in the improv community, which simply means that everyone in the troupe agrees to the same base reality – what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “poetic faith” and what Tolkien called “secondary belief.” And of course that faith, that belief in the cocreated world of improv points men back to prime faith in God almighty and his revelation of Jesus the son. We agree upon the shared reality of God and participate either willingly or unwillingly in his world, faithfully or unfaithfully: and whether or not we join in cocreating ourselves and others, the collaborative effort that is the life of faith, really determines whether or not we end up in health and virtue with the life God desires for us.

Another principle of improv is support: that we have one another’s back. That everyone on stage knows the deep trust of the team will catch them if they fall or stand behind them if they say something stupid. They have each other’s back. And this principle stands rooted in the deferential perichoresis (face-to-face dance) of the Holy Trinity.  

*For further reading in the Bible: Hebrews 13:1 – 13:8; 1st Corinthians 3; Isaiah 43:19; Revelation 21; Isaiah 65

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Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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