Category Archives: Art

What Steve Jobs Taught Us About Beauty

My friends know that, for good or ill, I am neither technically oriented nor have much appreciation of pop music. Yet I was very interested when a friend recently showed me a tribute to Steve Jobs from Bono. I do know … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Current events, Music, Worldview | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

What Do Martin Luther and the Arab Spring Have in Common?

Today, we marvel at how quickly revolutions form. The so-called Arab Spring exploded though the use of modern technology and social networking. The world is different than it was only a year ago. We have seen similar stirrings in Russia … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Current events, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Call for Balladeers

Recently I had the privilege of teaching at the YWAM base in Puerto Rico. I love being with these folks because of their heart for the message of Biblical worldview, and their readiness to apply DNA teaching in creative art … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Culture, Music, Worldview | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calling Christian Artists to Reach a World Desperate for Beauty

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 Christian artists today have a terrible conflict understanding the purpose of their gift. If their work does not talk about Jesus directly, does it still have value? Can they work on … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cultural Mandate, Ideas Shapers, Imago Dei, Music | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Individuality and Fibonacci’s Golden Rectangle

A few years ago, friends in Puerto Rico introduced me to one of the “fingerprints” of God. Known as the Fibonacci sequence or the Golden Rectangle, Fibonacci’s numbers were first published in the West in Liber Abaci  (1202) by the Italian … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Imago Dei, Science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Beauty As a Moral Necessity

Cynthia Pearl Maus (1880-1970) was an author and editor who inspired many with her writing on beauty and the arts. We are so accustomed to thinking of beauty as merely decorative and ornamental that we forget that beauty is a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cultural Mandate | 1 Comment

The Lord of the Rings and Japanese Rice Fields: What Do They Have In Common?

This week a good friend, Gary Brumbelow (who is also a new Disciple Nations Alliance staff member), sent me this most remarkable set of photographs that reflects the artistry of Japanese rice farmers. Look in wonder and enjoy what these farmers … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cultural Mandate, Imago Dei, Worldview | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Another Christmas Reflection

As my daughter and I went on a sunset stroll last week, I began singing some Christmas carols and landed on “Joy to the World” – a song that we spent a good deal of time reflecting on last January. … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Little Drummer Boy

The other day as I was driving to work, “The Little Drummer Boy” came on the radio. I’m sure we all hear this song at least once every year around Christmastime, but its full meaning is something that I hadn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Poverty | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great Commission Utilitarianism, Part 1

Recently a friend told me of his growing concern for the impact of the concept of Great Commission utilitarianism on the church. As someone who is relatively well read and is currently writing a book on the Great Commission I … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Business, Church, Culture, Economy, History, Ideas Shapers, Missions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment