The World Needs Your Art

“I think that’s how it’s designed to work. God saves, redeems, and resurrects. Artists respond to that work with art. And a world of onlookers looks on. Because at the heart of it all…

Art is missional.

The point of art is to make visible the invisible God, for the world to see.

Christians don’t need to create art for God – He doesn’t need it.

Christians need to create art in response to God – Because the world needs it.”

[Gary Molander, Pursuing Christ Creating Art]

A Doxology in the Darkness

“The best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything else but a cry.”

[Charles Spurgeon]

It’s the end of an overnight getaway, and I’m half way through the journey home when this little church on the banks of Loch Awe captures my attention. I pull over at the side of the road and start to explore. Walking around I feel the weight of history: the saints who have worshipped and prayed in the place continually for over a hundred years.

And then I see it.

Kneel Down

The sight that brings me to my knees.

A kneeling board, used for prayer, worn away.
Years of prayer.
Of crying out.
Of longing for God to move.

Answered. Unanswered. Big. Small. Significant. Insignificant.
Every prayer heard by the Father.
Every prayer a doxology in the darkness.

“To be grateful for an unanswered prayer, to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of the marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in the darkness.”

[Brennan Manning]

Inspiration Run Down

Things I’m digging…

  • If you haven’t seen the Press Pause Play film yet, you need to.
  • Gorgeous retro-themed tee-shirts from Pilot and Captain to encourage the wanderlust in us all.
  • Love this video from my friend Rick, used during Youth Vision Sunday at Carnmoney Church.
  • Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012 is a phenomenally encouraging and challenging speech. “I’m not sure I can call it a career. I had a list of everything I wanted to do. I just did the next thing on the list.”
  • The fantastic Sunday| Magazine

Melting Glaciers in Bolivia

My friends over at Christian Aid Scotland are rounding off their series of investigative films, made in conjunction with the Guardian, with a final documentary on the effects of climate change…

John Vidal reports from La Paz where Bolivians are living with the effects of climate change every day. Their president has called for an urgent 50% cut in emissions – action that is essential for the country’s survival

This event explores why climate change is devastating for the world’s poorest communities and what must be done to limit the effects of climate change.

Join us for a screening of this Guardian films documentary followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A.

Introducing Poverty Over
Poverty Over is Christian Aid’s powerful manifesto which investigates why the developing world is still poor, and defines what needs to change to help bring an end to poverty.

In partnership, Christian Aid and the Guardian have created a series of investigative documentaries exploring key issues faced by the world’s poorest communities.

Thurs 7 June // 7pm // CCA