“My encouragement to all artists of faith is to see every creative act you do during this Advent season as a breathtaking remembrance of God’s loving incarnation to us.” ~Manuel Luz
Manuel Luz is the Creative Arts Pastor for Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. I posted his blog, Adventures in Faith & Art early in the year.
He is also the author of Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist. Here’s more about this amazing resource:
Drawing from his experiences performing Mozart, playing “dive bars”, and leading worship and the arts in the church, author Manuel Luz seeks to answer the questions that artists often ask. Laced with humorous and sometimes poignant anecdotes, Imagine That is a thought-provoking journey through the convergence of art and faith. Luz has been a working musician, writer, pastor, and even amateur cartoonist for more than 40 years, and in Imagine That he lays out his case for a uniquely Christian approach to the vocation of artist, using theologically rich and artist-friendly language.
So let’s kick off this focus with another post about Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and founder of The Artist’s Way movement. According to her bio on her website:
Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of thirty-seven books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist’s Way; Walking in This World; and Finding Water. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.
Our first group is Christian Authors & Writers and has almost 16,000 members!! It is administered by Mark & Claudette Elliott.
Speaking on creativity, artist Sara Joseph states:
“If it flows as an outpouring of your walk with the Lord, creativity becomes an organic entity with the potential to explode into unforeseen territories. It is like dropping brilliantly colored ink into a sparkling lake, watching the ink spread and change unpredictably in hue and intensity as it catches the light. The Lord can turn your limited creativity into something far more than you could ever have imagined, the more time you spend with Him and the more you trust Him with it.”