Wolterstorff’s expanded view on the arts: Practical activity, meaningful memory, and intrinsic worth

In 1987, Nicholas Wolterstorff wrote Art in Action, promoting practical application of art in contrast to the prevailing view of purely aesthetic contemplation. Rather than keeping art cloistered within the walls of elitist museums and exclusive galleries, Wolterstorff advocated putting art into action to elevate urban areas and ennoble private homes. The book caused some … Continue reading Wolterstorff’s expanded view on the arts: Practical activity, meaningful memory, and intrinsic worth

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Christmas and the Arts

During the Christmas season, Reformed Christians enjoy the beauty of the arts more than any other time of year. They decorate their homes with artistic wreaths, creative decorations, fragrant greenery, and nativity sets. They listen to Handel’s Messiah and tap their toes to its rousing Hallelujah Chorus. Many use their God-given talents to craft attractive … Continue reading Christmas and the Arts

Watering Image

Art. Faith. Mystery. IMAGE explores the intersection of those fundamental concepts in ways that stretch imagination, foster creativity, and promote community. Each issue of the IMAGE journal contains poetry, fiction, visual art, and interviews with artists. Publisher and editor Gregory Wolfe and the rest of the IMAGE folks host the popular Glen Workshop each year in East and West locations. In … Continue reading Watering Image

The two-edged sword of promotion

On this wonderful Wednesday, I'm wondering about promotion, which is a two-edged sword for the Christian who writes. One side of the blade cuts with the necessity of self-promotion, while the other side slices with the desire for kingdom promotion. I write to glorify God. When I begin thinking about my name on the cover … Continue reading The two-edged sword of promotion