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The Defining Element in Christian Art

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Gene Veith (God at Work, Reading Between the Lines, Honky-Tonk Gospel, ReViewing the Movies):

 All distinctly Christian art must be, in some sense, about the agonizing struggle between sin and grace.

Mere moral lessons, while perhaps commendable, are  not enough to be distinctly Christian, since Mormons, Muslims, and ethical humanists could agree with them.  And mere optimistic positive messages are not enough and may even be harmful, since they can create the illusion that we can achieve righteousness by our own efforts.  Works of meaning and beauty have their own value.  But to be explicitly “Christian,” a work needs to be, directly or indirectly, about sin and grace and what Christ has to do with them.

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The Roots and Rise of Pietism in American Evangelicalism

On 09, Oct 2013 | One Comment | In Stories | By admin

As a Christian, I strive to be self-aware of the things that influence and shape me and the culture around me. Ron Baines’ lecture The Roots and Rise of Pietism in American Evangelicalism does a great job of showing how we got where we are. This really helps makes sense of many of the films marketed to a Christian audience.

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Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison

On 03, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Stories | By admin

It might feel like a general discouragement, but there’s something specific you’re believing that’s giving life to this discouragement. Develop the habit of asking your soul questions. “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” (Psalm 42:5). Make yourself put it into words. Be specific (don’t just accept “I don’t do anything well”). Name what it is that you crave.

Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison

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Lessons from Holy Hip Hop

On 02, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Stories | By admin

This edifying podcast has plenty of lessons and implications for filmmakers. Listen up