What I Read Online – 08/22/2013 (p.m.)

23 Aug
    • Timothy Keller reports a statement from one such pastor that should give us pause: “I realized if all Christians only evangelize–if no Christians write novels or make movies or work in the culture at all–pretty soon the most basic concepts of Christianity will be so alien that no one will even understand me when I preach” (Center Church, 185) . This pastor is basically saying that without the creative arts, there will be no discipleship, preaching, or evangelism.
    • Many of the greatest writers, painters, and artists have been Christians. But for the past one hundred years or so we’ve had this negative legacy toward the arts and discouragement of Christians going into it.
    • I don’t think there is a distinctly Christian art form
    • Rather than thinking in terms of “Christian” art, it is better that we think about creating our work in a distinctly Christian way. A Christian is called in everything they do, whether as a housepainter or a painter of landscapes, to do their work to the glory of God
    • There was a great shift that occurred during the romantic era away from objective standards of beauty

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1 Comment

Posted by on 23/08/2013 in Current Issues


One response to “What I Read Online – 08/22/2013 (p.m.)

  1. thebridgechicago

    23/08/2013 at 7:22 am

    I love the heart you have in this post toward supporting Christians exploring the art. I agree a hundred times over, and thank you so much for your attitude. I also liked your comments on the use and repurposing of hymn texts, and think you’ve really got a great idea there.
    -Peter from the Bridge


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