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Being Creators {Building Culture}

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A Blank Canvas Lindsay, my wife, has recently taken up painting as a hobby and, it turns out, she is quite good at it. After just a few efforts, she has produced art worthy of hanging in our home, or even yours. At this point she has been merely painting her interpretation of photos she likes. There has not been a move toward creating a wholly new image. But that will come. It is, after all, a human characteristic to want to express ourselves and create. Being made in the image of God—the first and ultimate Creator—we were made to. . .
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What is the Future of Christian Film?

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What Should Christian Film Look Like? Jesus is king, but somehow kingdom entertainment still sucks. I could talk about books, music, and the like, but there’s enough to complain about with just the movies. Sentimental stories. Bad acting. Heavy-handed moralizing. What are Christian films supposed to look like? What will Christian film be like when we are further up and further in? Maybe if we knew the trajectory, we could start taking steps in the right direction. Not to be simplistic, but mature kingdom entertainment will be, in a word, good. Great; what does that mean? I remember my professor. . .
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So, You Thought Philippians 4:8 Was About the Arts?

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Girl looking at painting. (So, You Think Philippians 4:8 is About the Arts?)

This article was originally published in Every Thought Captive magazine. Subscribe today!   Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.—Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Do you have art problems or do you have heart problems? Do you have philosophical concept problems or do you have personal conflict problems? Philippians 4:8 is a well known verse. For many years in my mind, it was the “Christian art” verse. “In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells Christians directly what to pursue in art. . .
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Why Do We Take Steps Backwards?

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Pilgrim's Progress & taking steps backward

Pilgrim’s Progress I was reading to my children recently the story of Christian in the Little Pilgrim’s Progress, an adaptation of John Bunyan’s famous work: Pilgrim’s Progress. The story begins in the City of Destruction where Christian, our hero, is unhappy and burdened even as his playmates are happy and carefree. He has been told by the Evangelist that: “The Prince to whom your city belongs is wicked and cruel, and he hates our good King. But one day an army will come from the King’s country to fight against your Prince and this city will be burned, and all. . .
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Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories

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The author gives us an unflinching look at the human condition. This statement could be a back of the cover publicity blurb for the Old Testament probably written by J.I. Packer. Surely few of us would eagerly attend the motion picture entitled: All The Stuff That Happened In The Pages Of The Old Testament. We’d just send Ted Baehr instead. Miss O’Connor’s stories are similarly gruesome, but such is the state of the human soul. Flannery O’Connor has been somewhat neglected by Protestant readers but there is nothing essentially sectarian about her dissection of the souls of men. She writes about the. . .
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