Artists are made in the image of a creator God. The following sermons explore what an artist's gifts tell us about the God of all aesthetics, color, shape and form. God sees reality for what it is. God is a multi-media creator. God understands the languages of brushstroke, contrast, and beauty. God wants to wake us up with his work.
The Group of Seven - Iconic Artists (part one)
What can these iconic Canadian artists teach us about the creator God who first conceived the Canadian landscape?
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
Psalm 19:1-4, TNIV
The Group of Seven - Iconic Artists (part two)
What can these iconic Canadian artists teach us about the creator God who first conceived the Canadian landscape? On stage, artist Marcia Harris is painting a Turner Valley landscape.
A video New Hope Church produced based on Barber's Adagio (and then a sermon unpacking it all).
The Rublev Trinity
If you look through this famous icon, there is a lot to see in relation to the nature of the Holy Trinity. Leaning on Gabriel Bunge's wonderfully insightful book on this painting, this sermon seeks to reverse your perspective and help to re-understand who God is (and who you are!).
What if God was One of Us (the art of Vincent van Gogh)
“It seems to me the duty of a painter to try to put an idea into his work. In this print I have tried to express (but I cannot do it well, or so strikingly as it is in reality, of which this is but a weak reflection in a dark mirror) what seems to me one of the strongest proofs of the existence of “quelque chose là-haut” [something on high] in which Millet believed, namely, the existence of God and eternity - certainly in the infinitely touching expression of such a little old man, of which he himself is perhaps unconscious, when he is sitting quietly in his corner by the fire. At the same time there is something noble, something great that cannot be destined for the worms…This is far from theology, simply the fact that the poorest little wood-cutter or peasant on the heath or miner can have moments of emotion and inspiration which give him a feeling of an eternal home to which he is near.”
From a letter Vincent wrote to his brother Theo, December 1882
The Parable of an Unheard God
Have you ever thought about how much you miss? The parable unfolds here; Joshua Bell - Metro performance
"Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear."
God through the prophet Jeremiah 5:21, NLT
Architecture and a Designer Deity
Where is God in the spaces we inhabit? What does good design communicate about his nature?
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
God at School - Language Arts
What does the nature of our words say about the nature of our Maker? How does your capacity for language image God? Have you ever experienced God through your words?
“I teach you how to talk, word by word, and personally watch over you…” God via the prophet Isaiah 51:16, MSG
God's Hands on truth in Glass Blowing
"Because it's fun..."
A Glass Blower's answer to why she loves what she does.
"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, Do it again; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, Do it again to the sun; and every evening, Do it again to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old,and our Father is younger than we."
Christ the Creator
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5, NIV