This is the time of year that most churches start looking ahead to the new year. If your church is anything like mine, you’re likely going through your calendar to figure out what needs to be on there in 2016. It is tempting to be ambitious during this season and put way more on the calendar than can actually happen.
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Let’s face it; someone trying to be cool can be awkward. Whether it’s a jr. high kid who has never stepped foot on a basketball court wearing head to toe Nike basketball gear (me) or a college freshman suddenly taking in an interest in hipster acoustic folk music when they still have an iPod full of early 2000s pop-punk (also me), or a retirement age man wearing skinny jeans, thick glasses, and graphic splattered flannel as an attempt to stay hip with the youths (hopefully never me), someone attempting to look cool is so much less cool than someone who is comfortable with who they really are. Sadly I think the church as a whole has become a victim of faking the cool factor.
Fine. Arts. No! No! Don't stop reading! Go with me here. If you've been in the Assemblies of God your ENTIRE life like I have than "Fine Arts" isn't just two words. In fact, these two seemingly harmless words probably conjure one of two feelings. Pure joy or seething hatred. The opinions on Fine Arts seem pretty black and white.
We live in an unprecedented time for creativity in the church. With a merging of unbelievable technology and artistic appreciation, the Church has never been so able to creatively reach large numbers of people with the Gospel. The question, however, becomes, “how do we leverage this creativity to magnify the gospel?”
From the end of January until early spring, pop culture is on display through performances and award shows that flood television networks. These performances while artistic, often challenge our basic beliefs as Christians and many Christians lose hope in American culture with every passing event....