Jul 10, 2009

No, Not That Mark...

I came across Mark's blog last week. Mark and his family go to the home church in Phx. I don't know them well. For example, I did not know that Mark is an author. He's had one novel published and another one is on the way. I haven't read his fiction, so I don't know if it's any good. On his website he assures me that it is, and if you go to there he'll assure you of the same. I really like his blog though. Thus far, anyway.

I like it that Mark is an author and has that creative side to him. The more people I meet at the home church, the more artist-types I find. The church was birthed more or less from a music ministry in the 60's & 70's, so one could hardly expect otherwise. I don't know crap about most art, but I like it.

It's so easy to think of art as ancillary, and in some sense I suppose it is. If everything hits the fan and we have to go live underground and eat rat burgers, then anything not having to do with food, water, or shelter becomes ancillary. But I think art is more important than just pretty pictures or exciting stories or whatever. There's something about artistic expression that reveals God, even when the artist isn't painting, or writing, or singing specifically about him. I like it when the artist-types are given a venue for their expressions, especially within the church, because it lets me see God in ways I never thought about. And then I start wondering if maybe we all have some artist in us. Some more than others, granted, but maybe at least a little bit in everyone...

3 comments:

Bee Repartee said...

He does have a great blog.

I just noticed your blog post called Burping Yeast.

I have to go read some more.

linda t said...

I love Mark's blog!! Love his writing style. Yes, he is quite the renaissance man.

altonwoods said...

I hope you don't mind strangers wandering through your blog and commenting,I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! Especially your concept of the expanded definition of what constitutes "art" I couldn't agree more.