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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/2010
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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Think of your local church. Without art - music, song, dance, etc. - it would be a much poorer place. But if evangelicals have any vision for the arts, it tends to be a think 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.

Author Biography

W. David O. Taylor is an entrepreneurial artist, advocate, 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

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Introductionp. 17
The Gospel: How Is Art a Gift, a Calling, and an Obedience?p. 29
The Worship: How Can Art Serve the Corporate Worship of the Church?p. 45
The Art Patron: Someone Who Can't Draw a Straight Line Tries to Defend Her Art-Buying Habitp. 69
The Pastor: How Artists Shape Pastoral Identityp. 83
The Artist: What Exactly Is an Artist, and How Do We Shepherd Them?p. 103
The Practitioner: Nurturing Artists in the Local Churchp. 123
The Dangers: What Are the Dangers of Artmaking in the Church?p. 145
The Future: Looking to the Future: A Hopeful Subversionp. 165
Afterword: My Hope and Prayerp. 187
Notesp. 193
Contributorsp. 201
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