Anne and I
September 30, 2019
“I see that you are a missionary on a religious activities visa. I’m sorry to ask this but do you understand there is no proselytizing at the school allowed?” It was right after my Japanese placement test, a week before language school started. The head teacher talked his way around and finally up to this question, clearly even more uncomfortable with the conversation than I …
Can Arts Also Be Missions?
August 15, 2019
Art can build bridges between cultures, create community, provide a window into lives and hearts, and make us more aware of our humanity and our brokenness. Listen in as five MTW missionary artists discuss art and missions.
A Creative Manifesto
July 19, 2019
I was recently asked about the differences between artists who are Christians and those who are not (yet). As you can imagine, it is frequently hard to tell who-believes-what from our artworks! My answer comes from the notion that the artist-Christian is a theologian working to apply God’s word to all of life. Every artist takes little pieces of God’s creation and breaks down, rearranges, and crafts them into little pieces of something new—what we and Tolkien might call sub-creation. But only the artist-Christian is doing this knowingly …
Priests & Artists
June 1, 2019
According to Updike’s famous maxim, what can be further removed from each other than “priest” and “artist”? Wait a minute! Isn’t that exactly what we are? We are living paradoxes!