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Reflections On Prophetic Creativity…

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The creative process for Christians is not some mindless activity where the Holy Spirit just takes over and creates through us. This kind of thinking suggests that we have nothing to offer and are simply empty conduits to be used by God. This not only devalues us as artists and as people, it downplays the […]

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Where Purpose Pollutes and Metaphor Misses God

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Sometimes I’m left wondering if the simplicity of my work and the desire in my heart to create is enough.  That may sound crazy to some but it’s an all to common fear found at the heart of many conversations between artists.  At the core is often a conviction that creative expression never really becomes […]

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Discover the Father’s Heart for You!

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  (An edited excerpt from Chapter 5 of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist” I went to Young Harris College in the mountains of North Georgia, a small 2 year Methodist school. During my time there, I pledged a fraternity in order to pursue the manly image and macho thing I thought I needed to […]

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81 Things You Can Do To Be A More Artist Friendly Church

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The following is a list—in no particular order—of things you can enact in your church to create a greater openness to the arts with your congregations and become more friendly to artists of faith. Some of these ideas are small and relatively easy undertakings, and some are flat out BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). Some […]

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5-Minute Mentoring with Matt Tommey: The Creative Well

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There’s An Army of Artists Rising Up…

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There’s an army of artists rising all over the world and they are releasing the Kingdom in power through their unique creative expression.  It’s not just an army of more talented lone-rangers or artistic superstars, high-brow academics or even wide-eyed dreamers.  It’s an army of sons and daughters.  A nameless, faceless army who understand their […]

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The Source of Awesome Secrets by Jim Banks

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Where does the fountain of creativity exist? How do you access it? Good question, especially for those of us who derive all, or a portion of our income from some form of creative enterprise. As I was pondering this question, a couple of verses from the Bible came to mind. “Nothing is hidden except for […]

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Gathering of Artisans 2013 – Prophetic Art Conference

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For all information and to register online, please visit http://www.gatheringofartisans.com

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To Be Healed by Jim Banks

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Isaiah 53:5 tells us some very specific things about the sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us; “… He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (NIV) The question I pose is, what does […]

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Suspension of Disbelief: How Art Works by Manuel Luz

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Please take a moment to read this inspiring article by Manuel Luz about the beauty of all God has created and how He designed each of us to respond to it. http://manuelluz.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/suspension-of-disbelief-how-art-works/ Manuel is currently the Creative Arts Pastor for Oak Hills Church in Folsom. He has been happily married to and hopelessly in love […]

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