Kintsugi and a Theology of BrokennessWritten by Hollen Hostetler
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.
Hope and PeaceWritten by Hollen Hostetler
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.
Successful Failure: Part 2Written by Judy Powell
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.
Successful Failure: Part OneWritten by Judy Powell
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!
United with Christ: Ascension DayWritten by Hollen Hostetler
“And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”
Acts 1:11 ESV
Easter: A Literary ReflectionWritten by Hollen Hostetler
“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
Epiphany - Celebrating God With UsWritten by Hollen Hostetler
Although Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th, the church observes the season of Epiphany from that point until the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. In the midst of this Epiphany season, what can we learn?
A Vision for the Artist's Role in a Community of Jesus FollowersWritten by Hollen Hostetler
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs [. . .]’”
Exodus 31:1-4a ESV
Microbursts - A Reflection from Pat ButlerWritten by Pat Butler
Our very own Pat Butler recently had an article published on Abbey of the Arts, and we wanted to share it with you! Read below for her encouraging thoughts on finding joy in the small moments.