...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily
23, 2004 Art Defined- from around the web:
Defining Art is like defining Spirit or Beauty -
it is a pretty slippery concept...
form of human activity created primarily as an aesthetic expression, especially,
but not limited to drawing, painting and sculpture.
Objects created by humans that have aesthetic value or express symbolic
meaning, including drawings, paintings, and sculpture.
The integration and manifestation into a state of being which allows
a free flowing creative process using personally unique techniques
evolved from the technical processes of a discipline.
endeavor thought to be aesthetic and have meaning beyond simple
description. Includes music, dance, sculpture, painting, drawing,
stitchery, weaving, poetry, writing, woodworking, etc. A medium
of expression where the individual and culture come together.
or ideas created by humans which tell/show what we are thinking or feeling.
Art may or may not be beautiful. Art may or may not look like something
we know (recognize). Art includes painting, sculpture, architecture,
music, performance, dance, and acting (drama).
*"A selective re-creation
of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgements."
Art is the stylization of the essential or significant aspects of a subject/concept.
Art requires a theme (or at least a problem to be dealt with in action
films) -- a unifying idea -- to integrate the material elements into a
*This is the creative process
and production applied to expression of culture.
in sensuous form, often "for its own sake". The word "expression"
is very important, in that it implies that the motivation comes
from within the artist rather than somewhere else.
*The skillful application
of correct knowledge in the order of making. It is a habit
in the soul of the artist which is ordered toward making rather than mere
Robert Webber said,
|"Surely God dwells in the
praises of his people, but the reduction of the mystery of God's presence
to praise alone fails to grasp the presence of God unleashed through
symbols and rituals we use in the space in which we meet Him.
Worship is an art form that signifies the reality of
otherness, the purpose of human history and God's saving involvement in
it. It evokes mystery and brings us into wonder, awe, and transcendence.
This is what the next generation of worshipers seek. They are tired of
entertainment and self-focused, chorus-driven worship. They want to see
more. The rediscovery of worship as an art form that signifies the Christian
reality of the relation between God, creation, history, incarnation and
the ultimate re-creation of all that is, is a place where our new worship
leadership can begin."
April 20, 2004- Stations of the Cross Reenacted
this site that moved me. What do you think?
The Times they are a changin...
I spent last
week listening to old Bob Dylan albums I Peaked and burned to CD, pops
and all. then I ran across this pretty obtuse quiz- maybe you'd like to
try it. If you are even old enough to care...
No I changed my mind...
April 19, 2004 News
from around the web
The man with the purpose (Joel News)
Rick Warren's plan for spiritual fulfillment is making him one of America's
most influential ministers, reports TIME Magazine. Over the past 17 months,
15 million copies of 'The Purpose-Driven Life' have been sold. Nearly
300,000 ministers from 50 states and 120 nations have participated in
Warren's pastor-training seminars and internet classes. His church
Saddleback has become a bustling megachurch, with an annual operating
budget of more than $19 million, and now sits on an immaculate 120-acre
campus south of Los Angeles. On weekends the 15,000 members and about
5,000 visitors choose from services at six different times and 10 different
venues around the campus.
The ultimate 'American pastor's dream'? Maybe, but there's another side
this story. Mindful of the checkered history of high-profile evangelists,
Warren stopped taking his $110,000 annual salary from Saddleback and
refunded all the money the church had paid him over the years. He says
keeps only 10% of the book royalties and gives the rest away to projects
fighting poverty, illiteracy, and disease - especially AIDS - in America
||Warren wants each of Saddleback's 2,000 small
groups to adopt a village in a developing country, make mission trips
there and send educational and medical supplies, along with spiritual
and financial support, to its residents. Eventually, he hopes to expand
the program to the more than 10,000 other Purpose-Driven churches
around the nation.
Will TV advertising save the church?
There's a new kind of preaching on television. But this time the preachers
are seeking their own salvation. Faced with little growth, or in some
decades of declining membership, America's mainline denominations are
to pour hope and millions of dollars into TV advertising. A technique
regarded as distasteful self-promotion has become an accepted necessity
save aging buildings, costly pension plans, and the increasingly rare
of missionaries. An article by G. Jeffrey MacDonald in The Christian
Forget about Gas Prices this is a REAL crisis
Ice Cream Retailers Association says ice cream prices are going
up. Executive director Udderback predicts
the average cost for the frozen treat will go up between 20 and 30
percent. In other words, stock up now on ice cream ...
||You too can dress up like your favorite
food...I always said I look good in everythiing I eat.
From Relevant Magazine
According to Premiere,
here are the top 100 greatest movie characters of all time. Take a look
and see if you agree ...my favorites are at least listed...
A security man with the World
Vision International (WVI) in Ghana was sentenced
to five years imprisonment for stealing a quantity of Holy Bibles and
then later selling them. Unfortunate, but at least the Word's getting
And speaking of thievery...
Christian teens are stealing Christian music through
Internet downloads and CD burnings at the same rate non-Christians are
stealing secular music, according to a new study. The study, which has
not been made public, showed only 10 percent of Christian teens considered
music piracy to be morally wrong, The Dallas
Morning News reported. that's one way to kill innovation and creativity-
just starve the artists....