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“Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden”: This new exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan is on view through September 28. It features eighteen artists, many of whom work in nontraditional media.
“I Am Ryland: The Story of a Male-Identifying Little Girl Who Didn’t Transition” by Lindsay Leigh Bentley: In response to the viral video “Ryland’s Story,” one woman shares her own experience of growing up as a girl who desperately wanted to be a boy—and warns parents against forcing their children to conform to gender stereotypes. Gender identity is a complex issue, but here is just one story, one perspective, to be thrown into the mix.
“10 Lessons from 10 Years of Public Schooling” by Tim Challies: As a kid I experienced quite a bit of prejudice in my church because I attended a public school; it made church members assume things about me, my parents, and my teachers that simply were not true. Here are a few observations and bits of advice from a Christian blogger who is very conservative but who has opted to send his kids to public school—and hasn’t been disappointed.
The trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings was released last week. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, the movie will be in theaters starting in December.
And lastly, the story of Jesus set to the tune of a medley of Steven Spielberg movie theme songs (that were composed by John Williams). Very much in the vein of the Christian band ApologetiX!
Last week I posted a sermon by Mark Driscoll in which he discusses the meaning and universality of worship. We are worshipping beings, he said; whether “religious” or not, it is our natural impulse to vest ultimate meaning in some object, be it a person or a thing, orient ourselves around it, make sacrifices for it, and define our identity by it.
Harold Best, Dean Emeritus of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, wrote in Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts,
At this very moment, and for as long as this world endures, everybody inhabiting it is bowing down and serving something or someone—an artifact, a person, an institution, an idea, a spirit, or God through Christ. Everyone is being shaped thereby and is growing up toward some measure of fullness, whether of righteousness or of evil. No one is exempt and no one can wish to be. We are, every one of us, unceasing worshipers and will remain so forever, for eternity is an infinite extrapolation of one of two conditions: a surrender to the sinfulness of sin unto infinite loss or the commitment of personal righteousness unto infinite gain. This is the central fact of our existence, and it drives every other fact. Within it lies the story of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation or final loss. (pp. 17-18)
Christians are taught to be aware of the various forms of idolatry that exist in today’s postmodern culture and to point out that “everybody worships.” But when this truism comes from the lips of a popular, award-winning novelist who lacks a Christian bias, it rings all the more loudly.
On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace delivered a commencement address at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and hit upon a lot of the same points as Driscoll and Best. He challenged Kenyon’s graduating class to consider what it is they give supreme value to in their lives, and then how that object of worship has treated them. Continue reading