Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.— Seth Godin from Linchpin
I have been on a kick over the past few weeks reading Seth Godin. I have read Purple Cow. I have read Tribes. Now, as I write this, I am reading Linchpin. I’m not going into a description of these books. However, the quote above stuck out to me as I read it. And it made me wonder. It made me wonder about how this applies to church.
For a lot of us, art in church stops when we get out of kiddie church. We stop coloring, drawing pictures and playing with PlayDough. But if we look at art differently, then it never truly disappeared.
We who are a part of the Church have been changed. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. What changed them? What changed us? Of course, it is Christ who changed us. But how did He do it?
I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.
Someone told us the story. Yes, there is doctrine in it. Yes, there is theology behind it. Yes, there are facts in it. But at the heart of it, there is a story. An old, old Story. And what is a story? At its best its art. And this is the best Story of all, isn’t it?
This is a story that comes directly from the throne of God and changes the recipient.
So, how does that quote apply to church?
We have received the greatest art possible from God. We have received the Story.
Are we letting that Art, that Story change how we do church?
Are we simply trying to teach some facts in Sunday School or bible study today? Or are we creating art that will change our lives? Are we telling the Story?
Are simply singing songs that will entertain us for a few minutes? Or are we creating art? Are we telling the Story?
How about the sermon? Are we sitting there passively waiting for lunch? Or are we creating art with the pastor? Are we participating in the Story?
How about anything else we do in church? Are we telling the Story?
What difference would this make in our churches if the Story was driving what we did? What if we approached everything we did in church as being great, exceptional and true Art?
What about the other six days of the week? Is the Story driving what we do?
How about you? Are you making church Art? Do you love to tell the Story? In everything you do?
It’s that time of the week, time to recap the past week.
This was one of those weeks where I was worn completely out. I think it showed on a couple of blog posts. I’m guessing that all of my friends and readers feel that way from time to time. Thanks for your patience.
Sunday brought the world Pink Slime. Jan was appreciative that we do not have pink slime in our house.
First Church Year #3 was posted on Monday and continued our adventures in our new church.
There was a Fight For Unity on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s The Lavishness Of His Grace was one of the slower days of the week.
Thursday was a good day with The Not Many.
Friday finished the week with I Need A Theme Song and, wow, did I need a theme song.
In the interest of making this simply more than an aggregate post, I want to share a couple of things from this week.
A friend has asked me to contribute to a magazine in the fall. It will not be like anything I write on this blog. I’m pretty excited about it.
I also read Seth Godin’s Tribes this week and have started his Purple Cow. I am definitely glad to be a part of so many of your tribes. I hope to continue to work to make this blog a purple cow.
Looking forward, I’m not sure what the blog has coming this week. I’ll probably have a better feel for it tomorrow. Monday will definitely bring another First Church Year. I have several written posts in the hopper and I have tons of ideas to write.
Also, please pray with me about a book idea I have. It is based on one of my past blog posts, but it continues to grow. I continue to make notes about it. I’ve shared the details with my wife and a close friend. They are both pretty jazzed up about it. I look forward to sharing more about it.
Until tomorrow, when a new Deuceology post comes out, this is Larry The Deuce signing off.