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A theory of jerks Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
Baptized and Beloved A painted paper collage for projection in worship. Resource type: Image Source: Jan Richardson Images Author: Jan L. Richardson
Night Passage A painted paper collage for projection in worship. Resource type: Image Source: Jan Richardson Images Author: Jan L. Richardson
Beauty as a Mark of Excellence Beauty is a mark of excellent ministry. What would it look like if we were to reflect on congregational life in the context of a theological aesthetic shaped by God's beauty revealed in Christ? Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: L. Gregory Jones Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury "Beauty is not something extra, it is what comes first." This reflection by Charles Klamut suggests that beauty moves us, awakens us, provokes us, bringing freshness and newness to hearts that have grown old and stale. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Charles Klamut Thunderstorms & Flying Spiders Puritans were “people of one Book.” Jonathan Edwards was a person of two books: the Bible and the book of nature. This article explores Edwards conviction that nature shows God’s glory and reflects his beauty. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Stephen J. Nichols Beauty is an Affair of the Heart This is a recording of a sermon delivered by James F. Anderson in 1965. It addresses popular culture's preoccupation with consumerism and the outward appearance at the expense of cultivating deep, holy, passionate, worshipful beauty. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: James Francis Anderson Beauty, Science and Theology This article suggests that it appears to be a universal experience for scientists to find beauty in their experimental systems. For a Christian, this encounter with beauty draws them nearer to God. Resource type: Article Source: Biologos Author: Ruth Bancewicz Beauty, Silence, and Culture Care: An Interview In this video-recorded seminar, Neal Plantinga talks with Makoto Fujimura about art, beauty, and "culture care," Fujimura's unique approach to wielding his artistry for the healing of the nations. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Beauty in the Toil The author asks: Have you ever “lost your groove” for something that used to bring you joy? Our call is to find fulfillment not in the thing but in the One who gives it beauty. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Beauty, Science and Theology In this article, Ruth Bancewicz explores some of the ways beauty, science, and theology intertwine. Resource type: Article Source: Biologos Author: Ruth Bancewicz Beauty of the Soul In this sermon illustration, John Gunn argues that outward beauty loses much of its appeal if doesn't contain a beautiful soul. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: John R Gunn Full Text Hymns on Beauty Beautiful SaviourPD
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Beauty Will Save the World: Jonathan Edwards and Abraham Kuyper on Glory and Beauty Should Christian worship direct us to social action? John Bolt explores some ways Abraham Kuyper and Jonathan Edwards—both theologians of beauty and glory, and both very socially engaged—might point us in the right direction. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: John Bolt Beauty as a Signpost to God, Part 2 This devotional by Mark D. Roberts on Ezekiel 41:17 illustrates how natural beauty directs the viewer to delight in God the creator. Roberts explains that the worship of beautiful objects is idolatry. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D Roberts Beauty and Biblical Interpretation Luke Murray explains how the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by appealing to an encounter with beauty, can help the Church respond to the crisis in modern biblical studies. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Luke Murray The Beauty of God's Law Scott Hoezee and David Bast examine Moses' farewell speech in Deuteronomy 1 and Deuteronomy 4:1-8, and discuss the beauty of God's law and how abiding by it makes our own lives beautiful, even attractive to others.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee Baptism of the Lord: The Terrible Beauty of the Saving Power of God This lectionary resource for the Baptism of the Lord, focuses on the mystery, power, and beauty of God's saving power. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries God’s Beauty Evokes Our Joy This article by John Navone reflects on the theological concept of beauty, noting that the beauty of creation reflects God's beauty. When humans contemplate it they are directed toward God, ultimately resulting in joy. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: John Navone Beauty as a Signpost to God, Part 1 Discussing how our appreciation for beauty is a mark of our creative design in God's image, this devotional by Mark D. Roberts on Ezekiel 41:17-18 explores how natural beauty "points to the existence a creator." Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D Roberts The Beauty God Desires This article reflects on beauty, suggesting that the beauty God desires is not physical beauty enhanced with cosmetic products and surgical procedures, but the beauty of a messenger with a heart for God proclaiming good news. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Jim Hawkins
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