While preparing for a talk next week (called, “God and Creativity: is Christianity bad for the arts?” – more on that next week), I came across this article over the regularly-excellent Relevant Magazine. The Biblical Basis for Fun by Adam and Christine Jeske I don’t have much to add, other than, “Yeeeess!” Fun is an … Continue reading Some Fun Thoughts
With the big day just a few hours away, here’s a little something for Christmas. It’s a painting called “The Mystical Nativity” (or rather, that’s what it has come to be known as), and it was painted by Sandro Botticelli in Italy around 1500-1501. And I’m seriously loving it at the moment!
This is a painting I made during some days off last week. It’s called Blood and Ash, and I painted it as a response to the opening chapters of Leviticus.
It’s been a strange week. A week full of loss in one way or another. People I never met, some I never knew and some who influenced me a lot. Some lives well-lived and well-used, and others that seemed to end far too soon. Amid so much loss, the death of Amy Winehouse seemed to generate fewer headlines than it might have. Having said that, plenty has still been written about her, and it’s hard to add anything else.
A colleague of mine recently posted a quote from John Piper, highlighting the dangers of, amongst other things, watching TV:
The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20).
I agree with John Piper, and with Jim – this is a real danger. And (as someone else said, but I can’t remember who) when Jesus comes back, no-one will wish they’d watched more TV. But is this the whole story? I love TV. I don’t just enjoy lounging in front of it and switching my brain off – I love it as an artform, as a medium for communication, and as a tool for education. So here are some of my thoughts on why and how Christians should engage with TV…
It’s Easter Sunday! Today, millions of Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of their Lord Jesus. Christians don’t worship the memory of a great-but-dead leader – we follow a living Saviour. A Saviour who has conquered sin and death, and who can offer hope in this life and after this life. My … Continue reading Too Good to Be True?
“The Crucifixion” (1538) by Lucas Cranach the Elder The crucifixion is one of the most popular themes in Christian art, and in art in general. The emotion of the situation is undeniable, as is the significance of the death of Jesus in the ensuing 2000 years, regardless of your conclusions about who Jesus actually is. … Continue reading For Good Friday