I have some great news to share with you! Heather Heflin Hodges is now on board with Wineskins as our newest Featured Author! Heather brings so many talents to the table and I cannot wait for you to benefit from all that she is going to share here at Wineskins.org and at her new site – HeatherHeflinHodges.com

Feel free to Favorite or Bookmark her site, subscribe to new posts, or do whatever you do when you find good content because that is what you are going to find on her blog.

Heather is off to a great start on her new site. Her first three posts highlight some of her art illustrating the three “Losts” of Luke 15.

Lost Valuables: Part 1

Lost Valuables: Part 2

Lost Valuables: Part 3

She has followed those posts up with A Renaissance of the Arts for Churches of Christ , Where are the Artists? and Art and Aesthetics in the Stone-Campbell Movement.

It is time Churches of Christ found a home for our artistic people and that we reclaim the gifts of those who have long gone neglected in our fellowship. Heather is going to help us understand how to do that in her articles and her art. I am very hopeful that this is just a start into something beautiful in our congregational life and ministry. So follow along with me and be blessed.

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  1. Years ago, I saw “Functional art” used. Every time Joe Malone was done preaching, a work of art was created, illustrating his lesson.
    I like art. I like art I can understand – that leaves Picasso out, obviously. I grew up in the land of the Dutch Masters, close to an area of town where streets were named after the great painters.
    But the mix of art and religion is not something that excites me. “Beautifying” our meeting places is not something that will excite me.
    I have enough issues with the fact that “we” spend millions upon millions in real estate – leaving out missions and caring for those who are in need.

    Churches split over art (Statuary vs representations [Icons]).

    And the reason to include art, ” It is time Churches of Christ found a home for our artistic people and that we reclaim the gifts of those who have long gone neglected in our fellowship.”

    Who decided that? The same people who “decided that musicians should be allowed to share their talents in our assemblies…?” If a local congregation thinks this is something they would like to to – it’s THEIR decision, and THEIR decision ONLY.

    “Wineskins.org” is not the decision making body of churches of Christ. That local autonomy is something which sets us apart, even more than our other identifiers – or, at least, it used to.

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    1. The post was not intended to be Wineskins being the voice of denominational authority over elderships. I really don’t understand why anyone would comment as if that was the point of this post.

      Local autonomy is the very thing that allows local elders to read this and decide what to do with it. That is a very good point. Your point can be turned on its head. Who made Rudy the one to say that local leadership cannot consider this based on his preference? Thanks for your comment.

      1. You did not respond to the quote, Matt. ” It is time Churches of Christ found a home for our artistic people and that we reclaim the gifts of those who have long gone neglected in our fellowship.””

        That’s what “got to me.” That, and the implication that “we” have been ‘discriminating’ those of “us” who indeed are artists. that their talents have “long gone neglected in our fellowship…”

        And I believe I made it very clear that “If a local congregation thinks this is something they would like to to – it’s THEIR decision, and THEIR decision ONLY.” But a statement that “It is time…?”

        Look around us. As “we” are rushing into the performing arts, those who have been there for years are rethinking. As “we” are getting more and more into the “professional clergy,” many are rethinking that.

        In the meantime, we have less and less missionaries, less and less people serving in different roles in congregations (after all, we now have professionals), we have less and less funding for helping those in need.

        1. I am not calling for judgment due to discrimination. I am saying we are missing an opportunity and it is time we consider that. The language is strong, certainly.

          Rudy, I am the least artistic person you will ever meet. This is an area of incredible weakness for me and yet I see in it all sorts of opportunity for God to be glorified and people to use their giftedness…the church to be edified, etc. I will point that out. It would be a shame on myself not to even though it isn’t something I am particular good at.

          I have made my niche pointing people to resources, people with more experience and talent in areas than I have myself. That is what this post is doing. I hope you can appreciate that. If you are reading this as a dictation of to do’s for all Churches of Christ you are reading too much into it. If that “got to you” then I am sorry it hit you that way. That wasn’t the intent.

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