God is the source of all beauty, yet so many struggles and challenges in life can block your view of him. Bruce Young, life-long missionary to the Japanese, identifies these obstacles while showing how to once again live in full view of the God of grace.
Category Archives: Articles & Books
Aroma of Beauty
“Aroma of Beauty is one of those books that sings, lilts, and woos you toward the Creator of all beauty. The poignant stories of love and service amidst such devastation give clear voice to the gospel—the light that shines best in dark places. I left the book inspired to love Jesus more and sacrifice my …
Christianity & Creativity
Word on the Street
Pippy the Piano and the Very Big Wave
After a tsunami strikes the city of Kamaishi, Japan, a church finds their beloved piano upside down and covered in a big pile of mud and debris. Rather than throw it out, they decide to spend the enormous amounts of time and money necessary to fix it.
The Broken Leaf: Meditations on Art, Life, and Faith in Japan
Roger W. Lowther’s first published book now available on Amazon in the US and Japan! See www.thebrokenleaf.com for details.
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
St. Francis is famous for his great love for animals—Western art is full of images of him preaching to the birds—but did you know that he also created the first live nativity with real animals and people? In 1223 AD after returning from a trip to the Holy Land, he appealed to the senses of …
Vida Chenoweth (1928-2018)
“Lest anyone be tempted to say ‘she gave up music for the mission field,’ let me clarify by saying, ‘I have never given up music. I cannot give up music any more than I can give up my bones! It is built in. I cannot give it up …
Redeeming the Arts (Lausanne)
On September 29–October 5, 2004, the Lausanne Movement brought together missionary artists from across to globe to meet in Pattaya, Thailand to discuss the role of the arts in church planting. In many ways, this paper helped fuel a movement across the globe.
Pearls Pointing to Christ
Japan Harvest, vol. 70, no. 3 (Summer 2019)
The Language of Missions
Musicians, visual artists, dancers, drama students, photographers, film students, and other artists are entering the mission field at a record pace, fundamentally changing the way we do missions. How so? What makes the arts so effective at communicating truths about God and the gospel? How do the arts communicate differently than plain words? The languages of the arts, like all languages, are rooted in the language of the triune God. They reveal the nature of God, speak of his purposes, and assure us of his presence. God speaks through the arts of every language, tribe, and nation to help us know him and worship him through every culture of the world …