A Place of Beauty – Week 11: Success and the Local Songwriter

A Place of Beauty – Week 11: “Success & the Local Songwriter” Our eleventh episode, “Success & The Local Songwriter,” reflects on Colossians 3:12-17. What does success mean in light of the Gospel? How can we pursue a holistic reflection of the human experience in our creative body of work? by Cathy Schrock & Elise […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 10: Humility That Harms

A Place of Beauty – Week 10: “Humility That Harms” Our tenth episode, “Humility that Harms,” invites us to consider the tension and balance of holding our gifts with humility and strength.  Reflecting on Psalm 144, how do you pursue peace in this precarious dance that can often plague artists of faith? by Elise Massa […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 9: Comparison

A Place of Beauty – Week 9: “Comparison” Our ninth episode, “Comparison,” reflects on Galatians 5:16-26. How does comparison and envy degrade our identity and our unity with other artists? How might gratitude and resisting comparison move us toward freedom? by Elise Massa Scripture (NRSV) read by Mark Stevenson Featured Music: “Sonda o meu coração” […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 8: From Loneliness to Solitude

A Place of Beauty – Week 8: “From Loneliness to Solitude” In our eighth episode entitled “From Loneliness to Solitude,” we reflect on Hosea 2:14-23. Like Gomer, artists may seek affirmation from other loves, especially if our identity and worth is not rooted in Jesus Christ. Yet, the Lord desires to embrace us in his […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 7: Be Still and Move Forward

A Place of Beauty – Week 7: “Be Still and Move Forward” In our seventh episode entitled “Be Still and Move Forward,” we reflect on Isaiah 41:1-10, the practice of stillness, and our need to receive the Lord’s assurance and strength when facing various impasses or steps of faith. by Elise Massa Scripture (NRSV) read […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 6: A Feast in the Wasteland

A Place of Beauty – Week 6: “A Feast in the Wasteland” In our sixth episode “A Feast in the Wasteland,” we focus our attention, perhaps uncomfortably, on the prophecy found in Revelation 19:1-10: the Fall of Babylon. Economic success vs. spiritual desolation. The daily grind vs. the satisfying work of the Kingdom of God. […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 5: Ex Nihilo

A Place of Beauty – Week 5: “Ex Nihilo” In our fifth episode “Ex Nihilo,” we meditate on John 1:1-13. At Christmastide, the followers of Jesus Christ focus their attention to his birth. The Lord’s Word and Light became flesh and dwelt among us who lived in a world marked by darkness and void.  His […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 4: Made in Your Image

A Place of Beauty – Week 4: “Made in Your Image” Our fourth episode, “Made In Your Image” reflects on what can be the difficult prophetic call of artists: speaking truth to God’s people when they themselves have strayed from reflecting the image and character of God. by Elise Massa Scripture (NRSV) read by Mark […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 3: Distinguished By His Presence

A Place of Beauty – Week 3: “Distinguished By His Presence” Our third episode, “Distinguished by His Presence” encourages us to consider how the Triune Creator is making all things new, including his people through his presence in our lives (Hebrews 10:15-25). by Elise Massa Scripture (NRSV) read by Mark Stevenson Music: “We Groan” by […]

A Place of Beauty – Week 2: Imagination and the Nature of God

A Place of Beauty – Week 2: “Imagination and the Nature of God” Our second episode, “Imagination and the Nature of God” reflects on the story of Bezalel, the artist filled with Holy Spirit to complete the tabernacle (Exodus 31:1-11). by Elise Massa Scripture (NRSV) read by Mark Stevenson Music: “The Architect” by Elise Massa

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