"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts," writes Francis Schaeffer. "A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God." Many Christians, wary of creating graven images, have steered clear of artistic creativity. But the Bible offers a robust affirmation of the arts. The human impulse to create reflects our being created in the image of a creator God. Art and the Bible has been a foundational work for generations of Christians in the arts. In this book's classic essays, Francis Schaeffer first examines the scriptural record of the use of various art forms, and then establishes a Christian perspective on art. With clarit ... more
A stunning oversized collection of our most sacred guardians, The Glory of Angels, begins by organizing angels by their closeness to God. Illustrations, short stories, and quotes highlight the importance of guardian angels and archangels including Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Special features explore such topics as the use of music as the voice of angels, angels in mythology, and angels and the last judgement. They explore how angels guide us by protecting and warning us of danger, healing and comforting us, and urging us to follow God′s path.
In-depth essays reveal the stories of fallen angels, angels in disguise, and angels who have given in to temptation. There are also inspiring accounts of those who ha ... more
Through powerful prose and poetry, Joyce helps us to know our unity with each other and all of life. She calls us to live compassionately with each person and particle of creation. She challenges us to hear the pain of the planet and to care for the earth and its inhabitants. Most of all, she draws us to fuller enjoyment and appreciation of life and its unbreakable goodness in ourselves and in everyone and everything around us.
Beautiful full-color art by Mary Southard accompanies the text. Together they fill our souls with feelings of awe, gratitude, and love. The Cosmic Dance is a melody that each of us is dimly aware of; after reading this book, we will hear it sing.
This lavishly illustrated guide to iconography explains through words and pictures the history, meaning, and purpose of Christian icons as well as the traditional methods that religious painters use to create these luminous, spiritually enlivened works of art. / Solrunn Nes, one of Europes most admired iconographers, illuminates the world of Christian icons, explaining the motifs, gestures, and colors common to these profound symbols of faith. Nes explores in depth a number of famous icons, including those of the Greater Feasts, the Mother of God, and a number of the better-known saints, enriching her discussion with references to Scripture, early Christian writings, and liturgy. She also leads readers through the proces ... more
We don't create art for God. He doesn't need it. We create art in response to God because the world needs it.
Being an artist can be so much more than being a painter. Artists are Sketchers Poets Musical Worship Leaders Dancers Painters Sculptors Graphic Designers Filmmakers Set Designers Film Actors Stage Actors Storytellers Authors Web Designers Song Writers Singers Bloggers Musicians Visual Worship Leaders Mimes Teachers Photographers Font Creators Chefs
At the core, being an artist is a heart condition, not a job. And art created from that place is intended to be more mission-related than we've ever dreamed.
"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many ... more
Each of the three Abrahamic faiths?Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?celebrate the presence of angels in various ways. This lovely and inviting book explores their beliefs about angels, as well as provides an in-depth encyclopedia of all of the major figures. Hampton Wright also explores what sacred Scriptures reveal about angels, as well as much of the lore that has developed about the topic in all three traditions throughout the centuries. Charts of the angelic hierarchies, Scripture references, and traditional prayers that involve angels help to guide the reader to a more profound appreciation for traditions that are too easily dismissed. The ideal gift for any book-lover this Christmas season, A Catalogue of Angels wi ... more
For anyone who is intrigued by icons, Sacred Doorways is the place to begin. There are books on icons from a theological perspective and books from an art history perspective, but Sacred Doorways provides the first guidebook for the general reader that is both comprehensive and accessible.
Symbols of the Christian Faith is an illustrated guide to the major visual symbols used by the Christian church throughout history. These stylized illustrations, designed by artist Alva William Steffler, are intended to provide usable, up-to-date resources for contemporary church worship and Christian education.
Throughout church history symbols have been used to aid worship and to communicate difficult spiritual ideas. Steffler here collects these symbols, from early Christian catacomb art to the present, offering fresh graphic interpretations of old visual forms. The accompanying text notes the biblical sources for the various symbols and traces their use in church tradition and their links to Greco-Roman culture.