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Outreach and the Artist: Sharing the Gospel with the Arts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Outreach and the Artist really stood out to me, being a Christia

    Outreach and the Artist really stood out to me, being a Christian and an artist. I found the idea of a book that gives help to artists who are Christians alluring. Especially explaining the challenges that real artists face in spreading the gospel, and how they approach hurdles and triumphs. This book is also a wonderful resource for churches looking to reach out using artists and the arts. That being said, I feel that there was a disproportionate amount of musicians featured in the book, and would have liked to see artists from other fields, such as photography, graphic design, videography and illustration, as well as examples of work. While the book was a bit short, it definitely has some great ideas and stories of gospel through the arts. I would just love to see the author take this idea further, and believe that in the end, this book could have been expanded a lot more and covered more topics and artists.












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  • Posted May 20, 2013

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    Synopsis: In Outreach and the Artist, professional jazz musi

    Synopsis:




    In Outreach and the Artist, professional jazz musician and New Testament scholar Con Campbell shares practical tips for outreach and evangelism with artists, through art forms, and to artists. He shows ministry leaders how to partner with artists more effectively and gives artists a clearer sense of how their gifts and talents can be used for spreading the gospel.




    A book about evangelism and creative arts that is written for those placed in either of these positions. There are short story like examples that perfectly illustrate the author’s point.  Sorta an autobiography by the author’s own admission. Con is a knowledgeable source both in the arts and evangelism. He shares his experience with a genuine intent to inform and encourage. The author explains the “why” behind his suggestions. Each chapter ends with a brief artist interview.




    Since I started featuring art posts this year on my blog as a way to appreciate artistic talent and share God’s word visually through art, I was excited to review this book. I found it to be encouraging and biblically insightful.  




    God is the ultimate Artist. He is the Creator of all things. He delights in color, sound, shapes of all kinds, and unstraight lines. Every person he has made is entirely unique. What an artist is he! Not only does God create, but he recreates too. In Christ Jesus, we who were bent out of shape, distorted, and rebellious creature are transformed into the likeness of Christ. God’s life-giving Spirit indwells us, recasting our inclinations and the desires of our hearts that we might love and honor our Creator. We are the very artistry of God! We are the products of his handiwork and the pinnacle of his creation. God delights in his creation, his re-creation, his people. It is little wonder that the Creator God should see fit to bring the arts into the service of his work of re-creation. What could be more appropriate? The creative arts involved in the re-creation of people. (Conclusion page 115, Outreach and the Artist)

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