Broken Friends

During the New York City Times Square celebration, the music group Lovelytheband performed their hit song “Broken.” Regardless of the band’s religion or worldview, the underlying message weaved throughout their songs seem to have a clear association with the Christian gospel. In this week’s article, Dr. Ric Rohm, professor of business and leadership at Southeastern University, discusses why believers should embrace brokenness, admit to personal vulnerabilities, and love others despite who they are within.

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Art or Entertainment?

Popularity remains a valuable way to make a decision quickly, but it has the tendency to overlook the merits of the losers – the minority who are ruled. Compared to entertainment where output amount states worth, in art, the hero is defined not by popularity but by the artist. In this weeks article, Levi Larson creates a valuable picture for what it means to be a Christ-follower in a world inundated by siding with the popular vote.

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Illumination by Translation

Language identifies common ground by allowing us to communicate with one another succinctly and with a standard. Many times we discover portions of reality that have yet to be created in modern language. This week, Luke Marchesani, a graduate student at Southeastern University, engages with creativity, as defined biblically, while providing a methodology for Christ-followers to embody as they interpret Scripture.

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Grief in the Garden of Our Hearts

Grief is something no one truly wants to experience but that we all must go through at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, we often ignore our grief and fail to process the reality of the situation in a constructive way. Instead of ignoring it, however, what if we were to engage our grief in ways that reflected how Jesus processed it himself. For Lily, this meant allowing God to provide healing through her art.

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Should We Be Making Christian Movies?

Left Behind. Fireproof. War Room. The Shack. Chances are that most of us have seen at least one of these films or knows someone who has. What these movies have in common is that they all fall under the sub-genre of film known as “Christian” movies. While these may be enjoyable movies for some, not everyone shares this opinion. Join us as we hear a Christian filmmaker speak to the shortcomings of “Christian” movies and the potential that exists if we shift our perspectives on film.

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Interview with The Lighthouse and The Whaler

In ECCLESIAM’s series on the intersection of art and faith, I was able to spend some time catching up with Michael and Matt LoPresti, brothers who started The Lighthouse and The Whaler, while they were on their most recent tour to talk about how they understand this enigmatic intersection.

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An Interview with Toby Morrell from Emery and Bad Christian

Emery has been a staple in music for many who grew up in the church but wanted music that was outside of the typically accepted realm of what some would call “Christian”. Being a Christian in a band that was not quite the accepted medium of art, Toby Morrell offers great insight into the real of music, art, faith, and the church. Toby, while still touring and making music with Emery, is now a worship pastor, blogger, and curates a popular podcast and brand entitled “Bad Christian”.

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An Interview with Josh Porter from Showbread

“People who follow Jesus that make art are also thought of not being that creative, as in not really having anything honest to say.” With the release of their final album “Showbread is Showdead”, we here at ECCLESIAM got to catch up with Josh Porter from Showbread on his thoughts on the intersection of art and faith.

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Christ, Culture, and the University 5th Annual Lecture – Brian Zahnd

Join Brian Zahnd as he lectures at Southeastern University and the College of Christian Ministries and Religion’s 5th Annual Christ, Culture, and the University lecture on “Dylan, Dostoyevsky, and Terrence Malick: The Intersection of Faith and Art”

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Art Appreciation for the Theological Mind

Art is more than a Bob Ross rerun or an “authentic” Thomas Kinkade print; it is a conversation. Art is packed and revelatory. If we approach art with generosity and curiosity, then perhaps we will walk away from the piece as changed people.

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