ARTISTS Throughout modern history, art has played an important role in the understanding of Scripture. Artists have been inspired, motivated, in some cases obsessed with, communicating God’s Word in visual forms. Prior to Gutenberg’s first printed Bible in 1456, word-of-mouth was the principle means of conveying Scripture to the largely illiterate population of the world. Even after the invention of the printing press, the Bible continued to be largely unavailable, except to members of the upper classes and clergy. Art …
Why has God’s Word been a focus and theme for so many artists? There are probably many answers – personal faith, service to the Church, even an effort to paint what might sell… – but chief among them is the fact that the Bible speaks to the hearts of men and women. So it should be no surprise that the Creator uses His Word to inspire His creation to create.
“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” – Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:13,14 While Good Friday represents an unprecedented act of selfless, sacrificial love, the resurrection is the event around which all of Christianity revolves. Jesus’ identity and credibility, as well as our faith, hinge on the validity of His rising from the dead on the third …
Growing up in a Christian home, I remember thinking that the Friday before Easter was misnamed. What was “good,” I wondered, about the day the Son of God was nailed to a Roman cross and left to die?
“I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt,” the Lord told Moses. “After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.”
If something like this happened today, it would undoubtedly make the news. It might even draw the police. The people were, after all, littering and disturbing the peace.
China is changing. The political and spiritual climate is shifting. This vast, increasingly complex nation is also quickly becoming economically polarized. While coastal cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen are enjoying prosperity and economic development, many places in central and western China, especially rural areas, have experienced little change in terms of lifestyle and standard of living.