Psalm 4

Respond… Respond to me when I send for you,    You, my right god Release the pressure, ease the stress   Grant mercy to this, my prayer.   When, men, will you cease forming honor into shame?    How long to love lies and know other lovers?   Know the Lord saves the godly for him   His ears tune into my voice.   In your anger, don’t you sin;    While on your bed, when lights are dimmed    See you heart’s...

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Effective Evangelism Needs Artistic Expression

Evangelism that works is more than just spewing ‘correct’ biblical information; correct?  (Things like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 & 10, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8.)  Certainly, the objective realities of these revealed truths must be present.  But their presence does not guarantee that the one(s) being evangelized will come to faith. Effective evangelism needs artistic expression:  the imaginative rearrangement of human metaphors, symbols...

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Alpha and Omega (Genesis 1 and 2)
Mar07

Alpha and Omega (Genesis 1 and 2)

Alpha, the first. Before there was, He was. Uncreated, infinite, without beginning or end, outside of time and space, limitless and without constraint. He began His work: He stretched out the heavens and sculpted the earth, giving form to the matter and shape to His works. Light and darkness, night and day, the parameters of the universe He set in place. The vault between the waters, the expanse separating the heavens above and the...

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Wandering (Genesis 4-6:12)
Feb28

Wandering (Genesis 4-6:12)

Aimlessness beset the chosen, purpose and direction severed – the consequence of their betrayal, separated from the one who gave them life and would continue to give them life, without Him who walked with them they wandered the land, wondering why they went awry. Wickedness was on the rise, a brother turned against his brother – the one who saw favour in the Lord’s eyes, this act of jealousy he disguised concealing...

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Psalm 3
Feb23

Psalm 3

O Lord, count for me my foes!      How many arise! I hear whispers      “God won’t rescue him.” breathe… But You build your castle around me, O Lord      You douse me with your light, and lift up my weary head I cry aloud to the Lord      And I hear his answer from Holy Hill peace… I pass out, asleep      I awake on my own, for the Lord upholds me I fear no hundred thousand      lines surrounding me...

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Feb22

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. We don’t often see the dangers that lie in front of us, and this humorous graphic reminds us to Dive in Prayer, lest we Dive into Danger. Give this comic away to someone...

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Thin Places
Feb16

Thin Places

Recently I read a book on Celtic Christianity called Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity by Tracy Balzer.¹ Balzer asserts that both pre-evangelized and Christian Celts recognized there are times and locations where the line between the physical world and spirit world become “tissue paper thin.” These are places where our soul suddenly feels a contentment and connection to God that is often obscured by the busy...

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Comics for Faith and Culture
Feb15

Comics for Faith and Culture

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. God’s creation reminds us not only of his goodness and love but also of his sound judgments. Whether people acknowledge God or not, God still “reigns.” This...

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An Interview with Charlie Hall
Feb13

An Interview with Charlie Hall

When Charlie Hall began in his late teens leading music and writing songs, he realized very quickly that he knew very little about guiding God’s people as a Shepherd. He didn’t know what worship leading even meant. Today, Charlie Hall still believes God is birthing something new in him even though he’s been leading music in Baptist, charismatic and de-churched settings for 25+ years. For much of his ministry Charlie admits struggling...

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Psalm 2
Feb09

Psalm 2

  Tell me why the nations scheme!   Why do the citizens scam with pride? kings grip their swords   And committees rally   verses the Lord   and his anointed. “Splinter their chains,” they say   “And shatter their shackles.”   Laughter bellows from heaven’s throne   The Lord sneering at ants on the floor Red-faced, he chides them   and they scurry away at his voice “I’ve stationed my king...

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The Creative Spirit in All of Us
Jan31

The Creative Spirit in All of Us

Henderik Roelof “Hans” Rookmaaker (February 27, 1922–March 13, 1977) was a Dutch Christian scholar, professor, and author who wrote and lectured on art theory, art history, music, philosophy, and religion. In 1948 he met Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and became a member of L’Abri in Switzerland. Hans wrote a book about the creative spirit called Art Needs No Justification. In reading it, I’ve found that many...

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The Art of Giving a Testimony
Jan26

The Art of Giving a Testimony

  If telling stories is an art, then telling our life story is a trade worthy of being mastered.  The only trouble when it comes to our life story, our “testimony,” is what should we tell?  Should we focus in our passions, our expertise, our experiences, or even our most secret failures and unwanted mistakes?  What is it that receives the accent mark? The Bible’s word for accent mark is glory!  God tends to highlight and place...

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A Picture Is Worth … A Lot Less than You Think
Jan25

A Picture Is Worth … A Lot Less than You Think

A Picture Is Worth… A Lot Less than You Think The most common question I get asked when I talk about worship curating is, “Can you show me some photos of what you do?”   Yes, I can. But the most important part of what I do can’t be photographed. A photo can show you how I answered my questions about what I wanted to achieve with a particular worship event. It can show you the space I used, what I did with the space, and how it...

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Genesis 4:2-16
Jan19

Genesis 4:2-16

Long ago there lived two brothers One kept flocks, the other worked the soil Both brought portions to their maker The younger had fat firstborn, the older spoil. Their Lord smiled upon the younger But grimaced and barely looked at the other’s gift That one, face downcast, soon burned with anger His Lord’s reply was “Do right, master sin.”   Soon the older approached the younger Inviting his brother to join him in his field And as...

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Storied Lives
Jan17

Storied Lives

We are captured by great stories.  They are aesthetic in the sense that they call us into participation with the storyline, the characters, the plot, and the ultimate resolution and beauty of the tale.  Stories are art! Leo Tolstoy’s words come to mind in helping us think through the impact of story: “Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings...

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Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together
Jan16

Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together

Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together   I first coined the term “worship curator” about 20 years ago after participating in a fairly bizarre art installation that consisted of a series of large ponds filled with paint.   I had been putting together weekly community worship events and theme-specific ambient worship spaces, and what I would now describe as “transitional worship” events, for some...

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