Schreck-Botts “Via Dolorosa” video collaboration

by Victoria Emily Jones While working at a rehabilitation center for torture survivors in Chicago, Greg Halvorsen Schreck was struck by the profound physical and emotional traumas these individuals had experienced. He thought of Christ, who suffers in solidarity with those who suffer. And he thought that as a fine-art photographer, maybe he could tell the story… Continue Reading

How Artists Pray

by Joe Cory “… one of His disciples said to Him, Lord teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1  I have been a Christian for almost twenty-five years (I have the badge to prove it), and if I am honest, I find prayer to be the most difficult of the spiritual disciplines to practice. It has… Continue Reading

Why My Friend Draws

by Pamela Alderman My dear friend, Priscilla, lives across the country from me. But sometimes, we exercise “together”—via headsets and smartphones—while she walks her pup in her neighborhood on the East Coast, and I amble through my neighborhood in the Midwest. Recently, while talking on one of our walks, Priscilla texted me one of her… Continue Reading

Jesus, the most creative person who ever lived

by Michael Winters What did Jesus make during his earthly ministry? I like to ask this question in a group context and see what answers come to the surface. People usually first think of the most tangible or art-like expressions of making. Someone will point out he was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). Someone will remember… Continue Reading

Go Forth (again)

by Mary Barton Nees I was awakened one evening long ago. My young friend wanted to talk about Abraham, her Patriarch. I listened out of respect, surprised by her wonder, startled actually by her belief. This was a fairy tale to me. But she held onto it as if it were true. We took many… Continue Reading

Epiphany Art Project: Revelation Under Our Feet

by Laura Tabbut During the craziness of 2020, Justin and I served with a nonprofit organization that provides residents of declining neighborhoods with grants and 0% interest loans to assist community members in the restoration of their historic homes. Our current project focuses on restoring the sidewalks in our neighborhood. Many of our sidewalks have… Continue Reading

Balance and Harmony: Remembering As We Anticipate

by Scott Crosby Christmas is a time for me to indulge my perspective on the “already, but not yet”. In my personal realm this brings memories of past Christmases to the forefront of my mind and emotions. The Christmases of my childhood were cold, snowy, and celebrated around fireplaces and wood stoves. It was a… Continue Reading

The Beauty of Life

by Dianne B. Collard, D.Miss My journey from being a missionary with no artistic background to serving as both the Europe Director for Artists in Christian Testimony Int. and the Founder/Director of ArtsCharlotte, is one that could only have been borne in the imagination and sovereignty of our Creator God. My life was changed by… Continue Reading

Weight, Beauty and Hope

by Margaret Bustard And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 ESV) I stood in the Medieval Sculpture Hall two weeks ago at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An exhibition called “Crossroads” had opened all the way back in March, but because… Continue Reading

Reflecting on Virtues

by Scott Crosby “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalm 118:24.) Fellow CIVA board member, Steve Prince, opened CIVA’s Kitchen Table Talks: Authority and Influence in America with this verse and call to worship. The psalm extols God’s steadfast love toward His creation and calls… Continue Reading