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Reply To: Are there elements of ancient and/or modern Near Eastern Christianity that are present in your own church/faith life? If so, what are they? If not, would you be open to implementing any?

Zack Jones

Hi Grace,

I appreciated your connection to art and its ability to lift the eyes of the Christian upwards toward God. Herman Bavinck, a Dutch Reformed pastor who was alive in the late 1800s and early 1900s, wrote a book called “The Wonderful Works of God.” In it, he writes that “…art in all its works and ways conjures up an ideal world before us, in which the discords of our existence on earth are purged in a gratifying harmony.” He does explain, though that “Art cannot close the gulf between the ideal and the real…It shows us the glory of Canaan from a distance but it does not usher us into a better country nor make us citizens of it.”

Engaging the whole person through reading, listening, speaking, looking, etc helps us see the Creator God more completely. I appreciate your thoughts on this and hope you’re a part of a healthy, gospel-preaching church spurring you on to the love of God!