Reclaiming The Material Gifts from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.
Len Sweet: Wack-A-Mole from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.
So I like and need art in a variety of forms and find it virtually absent in the Church today, and dangerously so. I find that the vast majority of what is labeled "Christian" art today is either:
- not art (usually some pale copy/attempt at art, or worse yet, simply mass-produced for easy distribution);
- doesn't speak to me (like southern gospel, 97% of CCM, Thomas Kincaid, etc.*);
- or is dominated by reform theology (I love listening to Derek Webb and Shane & Shane, but they are unapologetically and wholeheartedly Calvinistic...frankly, so is much of contemporary worship music).
So my question is this:
Where, who, what have you found these days that speaks to the soul that's saturated with Wesleyan-Arminian theology?
A couple of answers to my own question:
- The musical group Jars of Clay has always spoken to me...since I first heard their first album back in 1995. They were postmodern before most any in the Church new what the term meant. While not necessarily Wesleyan, I find that their lyricism is much different from most of the reformed-dominated nature of CCM.
- The visual liturgy site The Work of the People continues to slay me with their work. While not exclusively Wesleyan (in fact, quite often reformed**), they have been studying and highlighting Wesleyan-leaning theologians and artists more and more (like Leonard Sweet and Stanley Hauerwas).
*I'm really not trying to start a debate on southern gospel, Thomas Kincaid, or anything concerning contemporary worship music. Please don't make this post that. Focus on the bold question above.
**I'm also not dismissing reformed art, I listen to and view it all the time. I'm just looking for more Wesleyan.