Essays in this volume, edited by minister of arts, scholar, and artist David Taylor, offer an expansive vision of the arts for the church. The vision’s goal is promoted as theologically, liturgically, and ecclesiastically appropriate as well as Bible-based, missional and artistically alive. One author writes about art as “gift” and grace. Another author offers solutions for three primary vulnerabilities when art is used in worship: the limits of personal preference, the “utterly innocuous,” and the routine. Identifying and mentoring artists is the subject of another essay. It offers readers signs to look for, such as the “emotional power” of the work. Finally, the future of art in the church and the role of the Holy Spirit are also explored. This resource is for Christian pastors, seminarians, artists, and lay-leaders seeking to embody a coherent vision of the arts in their congregations.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover