For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts

For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts

For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts

For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts


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Think of your local church. Without art—music, song, dance, etc.—it would be a much poorer place. But if protestants have any vision for the arts, it tends to be a thin one. This unique book is an attempt to contribute to a robust, expansive vision for the church and the arts. Its specific aim is to show how the many parts of the landscape of church and art hold together. You can think of it as a kind of helicopter flyover, but one with expert pilots. The guides include the likes of Eugene Peterson, Lauren Winner, Jeremy Begbie, Andy Crouch, and John Witvliet, helping to inspire readers and empower pastor-leaders with a vision of the church and the arts that is compelling, far-seeing, and profoundly transformative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801071911
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

W. David O. Taylor is a pastor, artist, and author. He is a graduate of Regent College and served for eight years as the arts pastor of Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas. He's currently pursuing doctoral studies at Duke Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Foreword Luci Shaw 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 17

1 The Gospel: How Is Art a Gift, a Calling, and an Obedience? Andy Crouch 29

2 The Worship: How Can Art Serve the Corporate Worship of the Church? John D. Witvliet 45

3 The Art Patron: Someone Who Can't Draw a Straight Line Tries to Defend Her Art-Buying Habit Lauren F. Winner 69

4 The Pastor: How Artists Shape Pastoral Identity Eugene Peterson 83

5 The Artist: What Exactly Is an Artist, and How Do We Shepherd Them? Barbara Nicolosi 103

6 The Practitioner: Nurturing Artists in the Local Church Joshua Banner 123

7 The Dangers: What Are the Dangers of Artmaking in the Church? W. David O. Taylor 145

8 The Future: Looking to the Future: A Hopeful Subversion Jeremy Begbie 165

Afterword: My Hope and Prayer 187

Notes 193

Contributors 201

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