Beauty comes from God. The most beautiful thing you have ever seen is beautiful because it reflects God. The most hideous thing you have ever seen is hideous because it distorts God’s nature. Part of our task in the Great Commission, connected to the Cultural Commission, is to create beauty.
Category: Cultural Mandate
Christians are generally familiar with Jesus’ mandate for the church, what we usually call the Great Commission, but fewer Christians are familiar with the Cultural Commission. Fewer still see the connection between these two commissions. Yet, neither has been rescinded. On the contrary, both remain active expressions of God’s purpose
The West, as a whole, has developed beyond the rest of the world and in fact has blessed many in other parts of the globe. Notwithstanding its postmodern critics, including professors who love to censure Western civilization, the history of the West has something to teach the rest. While there
We have written about the transformation of Singapore from a poor, densely populated city-state to one of the most beautiful, prosperous cities in the world in half a century. It is truly a city in a garden. The story of Chicago, Illinois has some parallels. The Great Chicago Fire raged
What happens when a generation of young people fail to marry and have children? Not only does life diminish for them, but to the degree this develops as a pattern, the society will become self-absorbed and die from within. In reality, half the world’s countries have a fertility rate below
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I’ve often said that if the church does not disciple the nation the nation will disciple the church. In his thought-provoking paper, “A Church Without A View: Jonathan Edwards and Our Current Lifeview Discipleship Crisis,” theologian and pastor David Scott demonstrates how that has happened. He laments the absence of
This is post 1 of 4 in the series “Call of the Balladeers Workshop” Christian Artists Can Glorify God and Bless the World Where Does the Impulse for Art Come From? Does More Volume Make Better Music? Tolkien on What is Good Art Artists have a unique opportunity to glorify
Genesis chapter 3 records the rebellion and consequent fall of humans. The creation fell under a curse, and a vicious cycle of human poverty began. People worshiped gods of their own imagination, small family gods, tribal gods, capricious gods of nature with limited power. These gods were unpredictable, they ruled
Darrow tells of sitting on a plane years ago next to an executive of a leading European electric company. In their conversation the gentleman related some of the firm’s history. For years, they had asked three questions of any proposed product. If they couldn’t answer all three in the affirmative,