The Catalyst: An Artistic Challenge to the Church

(This posts was originally written for my personal blog, The Sojourner's Journal, in November, 2008.  It served as one of my first expressions of my discontent with the church's modern relationship with art and the desire to engage that relationship and motivate greater art from the Christian community.  Thus, it is the forerunner of this … Continue reading The Catalyst: An Artistic Challenge to the Church

Contributing “Art”

"This word–this idea of Art as creation is, I believe, the one important contribution that Christianity has made to aesthetics.  Unfortunately, we are apt to use the words "creation" and "creativeness" very vaguely and loosely, because we do not relate them properly to our theology.  But it is significant that the Greeks had not this … Continue reading Contributing “Art”

New Images of the Fujimura Gospels

Renowned abstract artist and writer Makoto Fujimura has recently posted an update regarding the illuminated edition of the Four Holy Gospels (English Standard Version) being released next year by Crossway Books & Bibles.  "The leather-bound bible will feature five new large works and dozens of smaller 'letters' paintings as drop caps," all by Fujimura, the … Continue reading New Images of the Fujimura Gospels

Review: Word Pictures

Godawa, Brian. Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story & Imagination.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009. There seems to be a recent movement within the Protestant community to finally start talking about the arts and their role in the Christian life.  Numerous publishers in the evangelical and mainline streams have released direct or indirect approaches to … Continue reading Review: Word Pictures

Fujimura to Illuminate Bible

This could be very big news on a couple of counts.  One, this marks the return of illuminated manuscript-style bibles, and in the English Standard Version, one of today's most popular translations at that, especially among Reformed Protestants and one of the literary progeny of the King James Version.  Two, it features a surprising artist, … Continue reading Fujimura to Illuminate Bible