Darrow Miller and Friends


We often write about beauty and the arts on this blog. One of our burdens at the DNA is to call Christians gifted in the arts to become balladeers, i.e. to use their gifts to speak prophetically to culture.

As Christians we worship the God who is glorious. He is beautiful. As we have argued elsewhere, the church should be the wellspring for art. But sadly, few churches are. Seldom does a church create a platform to encourage artists. Furthermore, our places of worship are often designed for efficiency and utility rather than beauty and inspiration. Too often our musical and visual offerings are mediocre, drawing our eyes and ears down rather than up. When this happens, we neglect the apologetics of beauty which has the ability to draw people to Christ.

Roberta Green Ahmanson speaks about the value of artRecently our friend Roberta Ahmanson was featured at Q with a video presentation, The Christian’s Responsibility  For Art. Roberta calls the church to be the church. She challenges  Christians to take the lead in bringing beauty to a world which is visually and aurally impoverished.

As the introduction to the video states,

The Church today often struggles to engage in and support the arts, but such has not always been the case. Historically, the Christian church appreciated the arts and took seriously the role they could play in displaying truth and beauty in culture. As a philanthropist and patron of fine art, Ahmanson helps cast a vision for how the church can reclaim its civic duty of arts patronage.

Take a few moments to listen to Roberta. If you are a Christian who is an artist, or one who loves the arts, be encouraged. If you are a pastor, Roberta may challenge you in your calling.

– Darrow Miller


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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).