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Makoto Fujimura and contemporary visual arts

I like art. In elementary school art (alongside P.E.) was my favorite class. Coloring, drawing, painting and sculpting are all things I enjoyed (and still do!). While I like trips to the art museum, I must admit: I have very little understanding of what is going on in contemporary visual arts. I do know when I see something that is aesthetically pleasing. I also know when I see a piece that is both profound and disturbing (like some...

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The Invitation: a historical perspective

“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:15) These opening words of Jesus’ ministry, according to James Edwards, follow a characteristically Old Testament structure where divine action and blessings are to be followed by a duty or response on the part of the hearer. Put simply, when God speaks, people should respond. The Apostles follow suit. In the book of Acts, for...

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Guest Editorial: Our light has come!

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2) There are certain themes that weave their way through the Bible. Consider light and darkness. From the opening of Genesis there is a formless, empty and dark Earth. Then God’s word pierces the darkness: “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). As Scripture unfolds, the theme of light and darkness...

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Guest Editorial: Sanctifying saved souls

Brad has been living with his fiancé, Amy, for the last two years. As for his high school days, Brad was not particularly bad, but did drink his share and had sex with his girlfriend. Brad also claims to be a Christian and attends a large evangelical church with his girlfriend and other family members. His church attendance is, for the most part, on his terms. Should church infringe upon a trip to the zoo, a weekend campout or other...

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Man w/ a hammer…/man w/ a Tivo…

Typically, Christians are hawks when it comes to spotting the content of shows, movies, music, and other entertainments flowing from the steady stream of popular culture. The vehicle, or form, that transports such content (e.g. television, radio, computer, etc), however, tends to be overlooked. Cognizance of the form is perhaps just as important, maybe even more important given its insidious nature. As Marshall McLuhan famously said,...

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