Worship and the Arts -or- “Beauty will save the world”

The God we worship glories in beauty! And how we live and worship should rightly reflect this. I recently had the joy of preaching on Worship and the Arts (linked here). In it I reference several important Biblical texts and statements on the importance of Beauty. Many of these are contained in the following essay […]

Joining Jesus in Lament

For four weeks leading to Advent, we are doing a sermon series and artists’ exhibit of original poetry and art called Lament. The first sermon, Joining Jesus in Lament, explains the importance of this neglected genre of Scripture and witness. Listen to it here.  Join us for our Café Night, on Friday, 13 November from 7-9 […]

“Lament” – A Call to Artists and Poets

I want to remind everyone of a powerful and deeply relevant event coming next month! Lament – A Teaching Series and Artists Exhibition at Christ Church – November 1-22, 2015. A large portion of the Bible is the poetry of lament, certainly in the Psalms, but also in the short second book from the time of the […]

Beauty Will Save the World! (An Essay on Discipleship & the Arts)

This year, the week before Easter was our first Celebration of the Arts at Christ Church. Our building was filled with paintings and other artistic works, a wall and a book of poetry, a cafe night of music and readings, and a forum we called Beauty Will Save the World: Christian Discipleship and the Arts. I now post this opening […]

Barabbas and the Great Exchange

We begin Holy Week. Sunday’s sermon dealt with a well-known but quickly dismissed character named Barabbas. A deeper kind of exchange takes place beyond the cry of the mob! Listen to the sermon here. Come to any or all of our three nights of the Easter Celebration of the Arts!  Each night opens at 6 with a special […]

Not like any other Week!

“Holy Week” (Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through Resurrection Sunday) is so called because it marks the climax of God’s Grand Story of Redemption. It is Holy – “Set apart!” Here are some ways to engage this week as truly set apart, holy, special: Come to as many of the services and Arts nights as possible. [Our vision for […]

Let yourself be moved!

Advent ushers us into a feast for the senses that CAN lead to “spiritual ecstasy,”  (instead of  just sensory overload!) I’ve been working through a wonderful book of poems by Luci Shaw called Scape. I came back today to this one called Ec-stasis. It’s from a Greek word from which we get the word “ecstasy” or literally being “beside oneself.” […]