Is evangelism the enemy of art?!

As you may have noticed from last week’s ‘Where is The Line?’ post, I’ve just finished Ally Gordon’s ‘Beyond Air Guitar’ and would thoroughly recommend it. The main body of the book is spent examining some key questions about the creative arts and how art is presented in the Bible. This was helpful on its own,…

A Tale of Two Crucifixes

For as long as I can remember I have always been a bit ‘picky’ with art. I do not claim to have great aesthetic tastes (my bedroom resembles a charity shop more than a peaceful sleeping space), but as I grew up I found myself strongly attracted to certain artistic styles and equally repelled by…

Where is The Line, Norman Stone?

We’ve had a number of Sputnik friends contribute their wisdom to our ‘Where is the line?’ series. However recently I found another great contribution to the series from someone I’ve never met: Norman Stone. Norman Stone is a film director and producer and is most renowned for inventing, developing and directing Shadowlands (you know, the one…

An Interview with Josh Whitehouse (Pt 2)

So, if you caught the first part of our interview, you’ll know that Josh (aka jowybean) has a pretty standard story. Brought to faith through Veggie Tales, brought back to Jesus through My Little Pony. You know, the usual! As well as catching up on his artistic and spiritual journey though, he shared with me…

Catalyst Workplace Day: Game changer

Most of us have a strange relationship with paid work. On the surface, most people like to tell you how much they hate their jobs, but dig a little deeper and you usually find that work is normally where people base their sense of meaning and develop many of their most precious life skills. Recently, our conflicting…

An Interview with Josh Whitehouse (pt 1)

Who are the people in your life who energise you? We all need people like that. People who inspire us, encourage and provoke us. People who you come away from feeling fresher than you felt before you met up. I have the pleasure of meeting up with Josh Whitehouse every couple of weeks and he…

Christ in Art: Particular and Universal

“In all three faiths mankind strives for God through the Word. But unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians (or at least early Christians) have seen their God; for Christianity is the religion of the Word made flesh, and largely as a consequence, it is also a religion of the image.   Making an image of God who has…

How do you make challenging art without causing people to stumble?

The Bible is very pro-art. Throughout the books of the Christian Scriptures, there is much praise for artists and exhortation for artistic practice in all sorts of disciplines. Not only this though, the Bible is art! God communicates to the world artistically, whether it’s in some of the most beautiful language that human culture has…