Swimming in Grace

In his book Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson talks about grace and the art of writing. As he read poet William Stafford‘s book on creative writing, Stafford’s analogy of swimming reminded Peterson of God’s grace. This is a beautiful passage for anyone seeking to follow Christ and live a creative life in Him.

…any reasonable person who looks at water [grace], and passes a hand through it, can see that it would not hold a person up…But swimmers [followers of Jesus] know that if they relax on the water [grace] it will prove to be miraculously buoyant;

An Artist Asks, “What is the Mission of the Church?”

[dc]I[/dc] recently received a thought-provoking email from a visual artist named Jen White about the mission of the Church, church leadership, spiritual maturity, and the role of artists in the Church. She asked questions all artists who are followers of Christ need to be asking. I simply can’t think of an more important task of thinking critically about how we, as Christians and artists, integrate our art, life and faith.