Church Creativity

Art, Beauty, and Faith with Andrew Peterson

October 3, 2012, 1 Comment

When I look at the gospel, I see beauty. In Jesus, we are given the image of the invisible God. He is light and life. He is truth and love.

The message of the gospel is art perfected; comfort and confrontation. So how should the church speak of such a lofty idea? How should we present the highest good, God Himself?

Over the next few weeks, I want to explore the idea of creativity, beauty, and our faith. In our bid to engage culture, we often seek relevance and excellence but I’m not so sure we’ve done a great job on beauty. A few churches seek to actively engage the artisans of their community but there seems to be more we should do. The church itself is filled with redeemed image-bearers of God. We are given the privilege of reflecting the image of God. We should do so with something more than moving lights on Sunday and slick websites the rest of the week. Our lives, our words, our songs, and our service ought to speak of God’s beauty.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit and talk for an hour with Andrew Peterson while hosting The Exchange. We spent the time talking about the intersection of the gospel and the arts. Andrew is a songwriter, singer, and author of children’s novels. Along the way, he began a group call The Rabbit Room that is a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship. Andrew’s most recent single is “Rest Easy” from his newest CD “Light for the Lost Boy.”

One of the more encouraging statements that Andrew made was… There is not a separate class of creatives.

Perhaps that’s where many of us need to start. Or, better said. Perhaps that is why many of us need to start. Rather than waiting for the musician, writer, or professional leader in your church to “discover new talent,” use your own. Whatever it is you do, do it on behalf of others and for God’s fame. There is not a separate group of creative people who need to direct your life. You are designed by God to create a space in this earthly sphere that reflects His glory.

Here is the conversation with Andrew in its entirety. I think you will be encouraged by it.

The Exchange – Andrew Peterson from Ed Stetzer on Vimeo.

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