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Giving Hope: It Will Take More Than Politics

American Christians have striven to create philosophers and politicians, but have done too little to produce artists. If we said the Truth beautifully, people would wish our victory instead of dreading it. At this moment, Christianity should trade three governors for one great filmmaker.

  • John Mark Reynolds |
  • April 03, 2011 |
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The Writer as Madman and Mystic

The ancient muses, it was thought, helped create works of art and literature. But the God in whom I believe is about creating certain kinds of people, shaping them into men and women who believe, hope, and love.

How the Church Can Embrace Artists and the Arts, Part II

There are a number of reasons why more protestant churches haven't embraced the arts. But in simply addressing why we can move closer to rediscovering the proper place of the arts in the church.

  • J. Scott McElroy |
  • October 29, 2009 |
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How the Church Can Embrace Artists and the Arts, Part I

When we talk about a New Renaissance of art within the church, important and obvious questions arise: Who is an artist? And what is church-appropriate art?

  • J. Scott McElroy |
  • October 22, 2009 |
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Creative Avenues: Program Helps Christian Art Students Thrive in the Industry

Many a Christian art student may have talent, dedication—and no idea how the art industry works. That’s where NYCAMS steps in.

Staub's "Culturally Savvy Christian" a Standout Effort

In "The Culturally Savvy Christian," Dick Staub defines the culturally savvy Christian as one who is "serious about faith, savvy about faith and culture, and skilled in relating the two." By structuring his book around this definition, Staub manages to make his book stand out from similar attempts.

Redeem Arts & Culture through Divine Inspiration

Christians, by definition of bearing the imprint of God, are creative people. The arts and culture were once our domain. To reestablish a partnership with the creative work God is doing, check these tips for Finding Divine Inspiration.

Who Needs the Arts?

The basic conflict in my childhood church—and one we’re still dealing with in our churches and families today—centers around this question: are the arts good or bad?

Consumers or Creators: Being of the World or Being God’s People

American Christians generally flow in one of two cultural directions: they either tend toward being consumers or being creators. Which is more in line with God's design?

The Arts & the Maturity of the Church

What if integrating the arts into the Church is more than just a nice idea? What if this integration is essential to the maturity of the Body of Christ?"

How the Church Can Reclaim Art's Draw & Creative Power

Art was once the domain of the Church: Christians created art that glorified God and drew people closer to His Son. Today, however, much of the Church neglects or underemphasizes God-given creativity. Here's how to cast a vision For the Beauty of the Church.

Give Your Child a Head Start on the Arts

Exposure to classical music, art, and drama will enrich your children’s lives now and as they grow. You may even discover a budding Picasso or Pavarotti living right under your roof.

  • Barbara Curtis |
  • September 20, 2011 |
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Truths We Learn from Fiction

Some have speculated that novels have become less popular with the advent of social media. But novels are, in fact, more deeply social than your best Facebook friend ever imagined. In the best fiction, writers reveal themselves. Through characters, dialog, action, and reflection they disclose their philosophies, emotions, and beliefs.

A New Renaissance in the Arts: Why Now?

The Church was once the major patron of the arts, and many Christian leaders believe that it can and should be once again. Renewing that status may shift the way the Church impacts the world as a force for good.

  • J. Scott McElroy |
  • January 06, 2010 |
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Hope for a Christian Renaissance?

The Deep Joy of Jazz

In studying the emergence of jazz, it is impossible to extricate the religious element without completely altering the history of its formation.

Do You Have the “Spirit of Creativity”?

Jesus said we would do even greater creative acts and miracles than he did while He was on the earth. For most of us that is hard to imagine, let alone achieve. Why is this?

Mel's Meltdown: A Cautionary Tale for Christian Artists

There is no excuse for much of the recent behavior demonstrated by the director of The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson's choices have undoubtedly led to the sad state of his life, and we can learn from that. I'm also certain the enemy has been there every step, egging Gibson on...

Safe and Secure from All Alarms

Where to turn for comfort when tormented by your enemies? When Christians are being killed en masse in Iraq and Egypt? An old hymn that makes an appearance in the movie True Grit provides a clue.

Gagging on Gaga

While her preoccupation with violence, sexual promiscuity and exhibitionism may be her path to fame, they are also a symptom of a hungry, sad and unsatisfied soul.

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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