In our society, what works and produces profit is what we value. While we hunger for a post-modern identity and story, the structures, all around us scream utility, conformity and results. Money rules. This might even be true in our houses of worship as we may have unintentionally turned business metrics on our expression of worship. The question is this: do we value utility more than beauty in our worship? The answer is that our culture-infused church in modern America apparently does.
Last year I was part of a vision team trip to Ethiopia with Doma international. I am so impressed with the work being done there and in other places on the globe by this non-profit. Upon returning home, I made a movie which prompted my daughter creating music that she […]
There is something about singing that defies explanation, but I will try my best. I have been a professional vocalist since I fronted a jazz big band at age 16. In my bow tie and tuxedo, the power to mist the eyes of older people at a car auction while […]
As creatives, we learn in the process the “trial and error” but do we actually embrace the error part? Many of us have a perfectionist tendency which loathes not just error, but anything that can be called an error. Foul balls don’t count in baseball, so why do they in […]
In case you wondered if there were redneck geeks in Europe, this story and video will prove the fact to be true. An artist in Amsterdam collaborated with a helicopter expert, paying tribute to his cat who lost his life from vehicular homicide. In honor of the aviator Orville Wright’s first flight, […]
Patrons of the arts helped shape culture, bringing about social change of many kinds in the history of Western Civilization. Today, we can do the same as “micro-patrons” of creatives who may need a boost now and again. Our nation is in need of gifted artists telling the story of faith […]
Middle school memories for some reason pop up at the strangest times. Back in the day when wood shop class also meant you had an art class as well as the horror of having upper-class men the size of Goliath. I hated wood shop. We made tie racks. I did […]
Most of my readers know already that I love good coffee. So, when Cafe Bravo opened in Murrieta I was hopeful for a good experience. They deliver! The rosetta was a nice touch, too. Cafe Bravo is a local boutique roasting company. Their beans are made right here in the […]
It seems clear to me that in many areas the Christian Church in American, in particular, the Evangelical branch, is doing some things in art fairly well. One of those is music. Sure, when it comes to visual art, and even film, we are still working in baby steps to […]
“Epiphany 2009” That is what author Ian Morgan Cron wrote inside the flap of the book he authored, Chasing Francis as I handing it to him for an autograph. I am pretty sure I had an epiphany of sorts at the Eucharist he and Randy Elrod performed as part of […]
We had a staff meeting where we were to draw a face of what we feel like about our job. And the “Focus” thing is the one thing we would change. Any thoughts?