Note: This is a series of posts highlighting Mission Hope Beckley’s core values.
We are not afraid of beauty. We believe in Redemption, but also in Creation. Meaning we believe that God is beautiful and that he created and creates beauty. We embrace beauty in our worship and in our lives. We embrace imagination as a capacity everyone is created with, a capacity that enables genuine, biblical faith to flourish and thrive. As with worship, Christianity’s heritage is rich with Imagination and Beauty. We celebrate these as gifts of God for our joy and his glory.
We embrace Beauty and Imagination. We are lovingly-created, loving creators.
“Let every fleeting loveliness I see speak to me of a loveliness that does not fade.” John Baillie
“There is such a thing as glory and there are hints of it everywhere.” Rich Mullins
“Art is love creating new worlds; justice is love rolling up its sleeves to heal the old one.” N.T. Wright
“The Church needs artists because without art we cannot reach the world. The simple fact is that the imagination ‘gets you,’ even when your reason is completely against the idea of God. ‘Imagination communicates,’ as Arthur Danto says, ‘indefinable but inescapable truth.’ Those who read a book or listen to music expose themselves to that inescapable truth. There is a sort of schizophrenia that occurs if you are listening to Bach and you hear the glory of God and yet your mind says there is no God and there is no meaning. You are committed to believing nothing means anything and yet the music comes in and takes you over with your imagination. When you listen to great music, you can’t believe life is meaningless. Your heart knows what your mind is denying. We need Christian artists because we are never going to reach the world without great Christian art to go with great Christian talk.” Tim Keller
“A Christian should use the arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God.” Francis Schaeffer
“I am not of the opinion that all the arts shall be crushed to earth and perish through the gospel as some bigoted persons pretend, but would willingly see all and especially music, servants of Him who gave and created them.” Martin Luther