vol. 3, num. 16 :: 2004.10.08 — 2004.10.21
Each day, each life can be seen as a series of small journeys. What are the steps we take in the various processes of our lives and why are they important to us?
An artist learns to connect his craft with Sunday mornings.
From driving brainstorms to way past our bedtime, an account of how our issues come into being.
An exploration of the nature of loss.
An exploration of repentance in the context of Northern Ireland offers insight into a complex healing process.
A college professor shares a story of living in relationship with God.
A review of the film Garden State.
A banner artist displays her process via photos.
On the process of making a rock and roll album.
On seven stages in the journey of faith.
A last-minute duty yields lasting revelation.
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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