Random Stranger: Mitt Romney. You: What?! RS: That's who I voted for in 2012. You: We were talking about that? RS: We are now. You: Oh...well, I voted for- RS: Don't care. Mitt Romney. That's what it's like to encounter a bumper sticker. Bumper stickers are the answers to questions that nobody asked. They're just … Continue reading A Rant Against Bumper Stickers
In case Christian art wasn't enough of a joke, Alex Malarkey, the Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, recently recanted his story, saying that he made it up. (source) Side note, that is the most ironic last name right now. Anyway, the publisher has apparently pulled the book because of this. Alex encourages people to read … Continue reading The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Lies, and Christian Publishing Oddities
I found this fantastic post for Christian artists of any sort. A bit challenging, but also something to think about. Enjoy!
Given that it’s the beginning of a new year—a time when we typically evaluate where we’ve been and where we’re going—I thought I would stir the pot.
Here are seven questions that might subversively stretch your preconceptions and wobble your paradigms. I encourage you to prayerfully contemplate a few of them, and maybe discuss some with fellow artists of faith. It’s my hope that these questions might help you gain clarity on your journey of faith as an artist.
1. If you are (or could be) a vocal artist, which would you prefer: Having an excellent voice that everyone likes, or having a unique voice that some people love and some people hate?
2. If you are (or could be) a visual artist, which would you prefer: Having one of your paintings hang in a prestigious gallery, or being able to study under a prestigious artist?
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Learn how to write. That's it. That's the big mystery. You become a better nonfiction writer by becoming a better writer. Mind-blowing, I know. Here's something I want all Christian writers to burn into their memories: a good message is not enough to make a good book. Poor writing can muddle and dismantle a message, … Continue reading How to Write Good Christian Non-Fiction
Stop lying to yourself. 60% of Christian music is garbage. Yes, there are gems, plenty of them, and Christians have written some of the greatest music I've ever heard. However, I'm tired of seeing both worship services and radio tracks falling short. Now I know that there are plenty of problems with the industry and the … Continue reading Two Major Problems with Christian Music
To all those who follow my blog and to all those who just happened to click on this one with the kind of curiosity you only find when you've already seen everything else on the internet... I've been doing a lot of thinking about Fencing With Ink over the last year, trying to find out … Continue reading Dear Followers: FWI is Splitting in Two! Pick your Poison