Category Archives: Art

A Renaissance of the Visual Arts – Part 1

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What Your Congregation REALLY Thinks About Art in Worship

I know a lot of my posts recently have played to the right-brained among us, so here is some quantitative research for my left-brained colleagues…. Some churches in our tribe are more open to integrating the arts [1] in worship … Continue reading

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Art and Aesthetics in the Stone-Campbell Movement

In the nineteenth century, the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement relied heavily on human intellect and reason in both worship and spiritual formation. The movement produced congregations that were serious, unemotional, stoic, and staunchly rational. Deductive logic dominated the religious debates between … Continue reading

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Where are the Artists?

During lunch on Sundays my family usually discusses the sermon from earlier that morning. My teenage sons have heard their dad preach their whole lives and have come to expect the question, “What did you hear in the sermon today?” … Continue reading

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A Renaissance of the Arts for Churches of Christ

I stood in the quiet chapel at Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas holding my breath in awe, gazing upward. The spiral stained-glass ceiling was mesmerizing. It winds skyward in bursts of jewel tones and is one of the largest horizontally … Continue reading

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Lost Valuables: Part 3

From a Paint&Preach in August 2017. Like most of Jesus’ parables the three stories in Luke 15 not only teach, they also issue a challenge. These stories were told to the religious leaders and the challenge Jesus issues is, “If … Continue reading

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Lost Valuables: Part 2

Excerpt from Paint&Preach August 2017. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables about lost valuables. In the first two verses, we are told that the “tax collectors and other notorious sinners,” people who would be considered outcasts by the religious … Continue reading

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Lost Valuables: Part 1

From a Paint&Preach in August 2017 Have you ever lost something of great value and then had the pleasure of finding it again? One of the best feelings in the world is that wave of relief that washes over you … Continue reading

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