We had our first Local Artist Showcase for 2006 at LifePoint this morning. Aaron Bowen did a fantastic job at both services — even getting an encore call at our second gathering. Everyone seemed to really enjoy Aaron’s music. It’s always fun to have different artists come perform each month.
Why do we do this at LifePoint? Mainly because we feel a responsibility as a church community to build a bridge to the arts community. Throughout much of church history, the arts flowed from within the church community. By and large, that is no longer the case. For whatever reason (and I could name a few), the church began resisting the arts back in the 19th and 20th centuries.
I believe that our God is a creative God and we are made in his image. This means it should only be natural for the church to be a creative place. If we are not creating and innovating, then we are not fully allowing ourselves to be made in the image of God.