If you remember back far enough, my blog used to be called Marturo. As I explained about four years ago:
At this point, Marturo is essentially a name for a ministry I spearhead that has a very bright, but largely undefined future. The word comes from the first person singular of the Greek verb “martureo”, which means “I bear witness or testify.” It is from this verbal idea that we get our word martyr, who was simply one who uncompromisingly bore witness of what they believed to be true, eventually to the point of dying for their beliefs.
It is this kind of idea that seemed like a good idea for a ministry to my good friend Michael Dalton and myself several summers ago while painting a now non-existent waterslide in the middle of July at Word of Life camp in Hudson, Florida. The original idea for the ministry involved the hardcore/indie music scene heavily and took the form of interviewing various bands and giving them the opportunity to share what they believed. This went well until both Michael and I went back to camp the following summer and life happened relatively fast once the summer was over. I was mired in finishing my degree, and Michael eventually ended up touring with A Plea for Purging as their lighting guy.
Fast forward to now as I am in Dallas going to seminary and Michael is in Florida recently graduated from Full Sail and at the helm of Dreamery Films. In a sense we are both still sharpening our respective skills and until that is done it is hard to say exactly where Marturo will resurrect in physical form, but it will surely be more intense and more organized than before. Originally we still worked long distance as I was in Tennessee and Michael was in South Carolina, but the demands of daily life have increased rather sharply since then. For the most part now, Marturo is my personal blog that I use as an outlet for my thoughts. It is in the process of expansion though, and it is hard to say where that will lead.
Beyond the history, the take-away here is that Marturo embodies the idea of a radical commitment to Christ and to bearing witness to the Truth.
If we fast-forward even further to the present, Michael and I are both out of school, and interestingly enough now both live in Orlando only a few miles apart from each other. We haven’t really talked about resurrecting the original idea since at this point. Michael is pretty set making sweet videos (which you should check out here) and I’m teaching high school and working with our church.
Interestingly, after reading Kevin Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine (series review in January), I think I’ve got a good idea for how to bring Marturo back. Vanhoozer is working through a number of issues in that book, but toward the end he discusses how the body of Christ “performs” or lives out their doctrine. The particular doctrine he examines is the atonement and part of his conclusion is that a church lives out that doctrine as a community by being a community of martyrs. Not necessarily in the sense of dying for their faith (though not opposed to it), but a community of martyrs is committed to living out their beliefs faithfully and at the very least dying to self.
I’ll flesh this out a bit more tomorrow, but if you’re wondering what happened to Marturo, it never really left. It was just dormant for a while, and now it’s back. It’s actually been back, it just took me a while to realize it.
But, like I said, more on that tomorrow.