In 2020, a filmmaker had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Southeast Asia with an international team of Inspiro Arts Alliance members. The goal was to produce music videos based on Christian songs written in the local language and style of an indigenous people group. Read more about his experience and how he learned that sometimes the best testimony is not made up of words but actions.
The week before Easter, Stephanie Biggs travelled to a country in West Africa* to work with OM’s partner in the Sahel Region. In the midst of a very hot season, skilled and experienced musicians came from around the country to participate in an arts seminar. Read more...
Music connects us to our Creator and the creation, but it also connects us to our memories. Recently, one of our Alliance members was reminded of this fact as she listened to some beautiful music at church.
Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Makoto and Haejin Fujimura speak. I was excited – though I did not have much personal experience with Makoto’s work, my artistic friends and co-workers spoke highly of his writing (Culture Care and Art and Faith, among others). The topic they had chosen to present on was kintsugi, the ancient Japanese practice of mending cracked or broken pottery with gold. I knew a little bit about kintsugi and was intrigued. I was unprepared, however, for the intricate theological correlations Makoto and Haejin would make, leading to my own continued musings.
Hard as it is to believe, the Advent season is upon us. Over the next several weeks, we have the opportunity to take time to prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas. Advent is meant to slow us down, to cause our hearts to focus on the attributes of God that find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
Last week, we published a beginning of an article from the archives titled "Successful Failure." Today, we are sharing the second half of that article! We pray you are encouraged as you read the rest of Judy's thoughts about how we can view failure from a different perspective as Jesus followers.
On this week's post from the archives, enjoy thoughts from Judy Powell about what God can do when it seems our plans have failed. Through a variety of illustrations from various HSI trips, Judy reminds us that God's plans are always higher and His heart is trustworthy. Read more below!
“So that is the outline of the official story—the tale of the time when God was the underdog and got beaten, when he submitted to the conditions he had laid down and became a man like the men he had made, and the men he had made broke him and killed him. This is the dogma we find so dull—this terrifying drama of which God is the victim and the hero.”
- Dorothy Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church