Suburbs and Evangelicals (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 2)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. In my last post, I argued that Presbyterianism seems to attract artists who don't go further down the high church spectrum (Catholicism, Anglicanism/Episcopalianism, etc), …

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Does Art Need to Make Us Feel Safe?

Safety has become a very important concept in Christian entertainment. Pick up any Christian parenting magazine that talks about healthy entertainment for your kids, any online guide to what entertainment Christians should or shouldn't indulge in, and you'll find it can almost all be summed up as, "anything outside this very specific zone is unhealthy …

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Why Christians Must Work in Secular Art (Pt 2)

I’ve talked recently about why Christians should care about art, in this new series I’m going to talk about why Christians should specifically encourage each other to work in secular art fields as well as overtly Christian ones Click here to read Part 1 Reason 2: Christian Entertainment Can Only Say Certain Things   No …

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4 Things Artists Can Learn From Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman may be the famous Christian musician of his generation. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s been nominated for more awards, or released as many albums. Here are four things artists can learn from Steven Curtis Chapman, taken from his book Between Heaven and the Real World. 1. Art Can Talk About …

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5 Christian Artists You Should Give Another Chance

Christian entertainment has issues. It’s been rightly accused of being shallow, poorly produced, and many other things. But this isn’t always true. In spite of production issues and a target audience with some unhealthy hang-ups about artists, there are people who've learned to make overtly Christian art that works. Here are some artists who’ve created …

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Resurrection of Gavin Stone and Truth Wrapped in Church Language

A new Christian film just hit theaters, and all the usual problems seem to be present. I personally think that’s a shame since the concept sounded like it could work: a washed-out actor cons his way into a church play and then gets more than he bargained for. Going off the criticisms and reviews so far,  the …

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Five Reasons Protestants Don’t Understand Artists

This article first published by The Odyssey on November 21, 2016) I should have written this article a while ago. When I started a blog about Christian spirituality, writing craft, and how they intersect, I knew I'd write this at some point. If you’ve read much of my work, you know I often discuss how …

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