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Why Work Matters

Why Work
Matters
: Gospel
& Culture
Lectures

By: Amilee Watkins How should Christians relate to the culture around us? Should we withdraw from it in ways that will guard our purity? Or should we cozy up to it in ways that are winsome, in hopes of portraying the God whom we know and love as attractive and good? Should we focus on the good in our culture or draw attention to the bad? And, in fact, as we go about our daily lives...

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New Year

New Year: 
New Artistic
Initiatives?

In the parable of the talents, Jesus is clear that he does not want us to be wasteful with what little we have. Instead, the servant with the least amount of resources learns that he who is faithful with small things will be given more. As we confront issues of funding for artists in the twentieth century church, we have to ask whether our funding systems are simply handouts, or if...

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Epiphany Is Manifestation

Epiphany Is
Manifestation

By: Maria Fee Epiphany can be seen as manifestation of the divine. As Christians we believe God can break into our lives in real and tangible ways. Not as a distant fire or cloud, not like a scorching burning bush. Christmas means Epiphany came as a small vulnerable child needing to be held. Epiphany also occurrs through the mundane rhythms of life: a maiden at her task, me...

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Book Review: Life Together

Book Review:
Life Together

By: Georgia Noyan In his book Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community, Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers the Christian means with which to cultivate authentic Christian community. Having been imprisoned (and later hung) by the Gestapo for his participation in the political and military resistance against Nazism in Germany, the author writes with the authority of exper...

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The Annunciation’s Drama

The
Annunciation's

Drama

By: Maria Fee A sort of advent ensues prior to a dramatic play. We make our way to the theater, purchase tickets, take our seats and wait for the curtain to rise. Yet something else transpires pre-show. We willingly put ourselves at risk for we know art has the ability to alter our belief systems— including the ways we view the world and ourselves. And thus it is so...

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Creativity and Incarnation

Creativity and
Incarnation:

the Message
of Advent

In The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller the playwright describes a singular moment of artistic creation – the very first time in rehearsal that actor Lee J. Cobb actually became the character of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. …Lee rose from his chair and looked at Milly Dunnock and there was a silence. And then he said, “I was driving along, yo...

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