“First off, all glory to God, that’s for sure!” This is how Kendrick Lamar opened his Grammy Award winning speech. I don’t know Kendrick Lamar. He could be a great guy. However, he confuses me when he gives God glory for the album that profanes much of what God stands for!?
What is Art?
Art is hard to define. People can talk for hours about the definition of art. What is it? What isn’t it? The simplest and best definition of art is this: Continue reading “Why Your Art is Boring; Excerpt from God and Your Talent”
Pass the Salt Please.
Last Sunday’s Superbowl half-time performance Beyonce’ graced the stage and introduced the world to her song Formation. Film and culture critic, Anthony Weber, posed a great question: “Does the halftime show really need to point the world toward a song that includes the lyrics, “When he —- me good I take his — to Red Lobster, cause I slay”? Seriously, were there no other songs that might have been both entertaining and appropriate for a global market of all ages?”
The Danger of Art with a Capital “A” (Excerpted from God and Your Talent; Creating Great Art for the Glory of God)
When watching award shows in our American culture you will often see where an artist–usually a musical artist but not always–will receive an award and thank God for it.
Humility:The Seedbed of Greatness (Excerpted from God and Your Talent: Creating Great Art for the Glory of God)
The creative process and the performance aspect of art can lend itself to the cultivation of a sneaky kind of pride. Franky Schaeffer said, “Artists suffer constant rejection, and this can lead to unhealthy self-analysis and inward looking selfishness.
Creativity is part of your destiny. Essence precedes existence. You are essentially human. Being human comes with its own baggage, but it also comes with a tremendous inheritance. Your Creator had you in mind before you were born. He thought of your humanness before you were human. Your essence preceded your existence in the heart and mind of God. You are an image bearer.