Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I’m loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.

Check out A.G. Harmon’s skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.

And Lukas Kwong’s excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono’s example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model?

There’s also thoughtful soul-searching by Laura Good about her eclectic media diet during a time of hardship, and Peggy Rosenthal asks if she, in her “grandmotherly age,” can find some insight into contemporary hip-hop music. (Hint: Yes, she can.)

The best publication on the intersection of faith and art is now boasting one of the finest blogs — perhaps the finest ‚Äî on the subject. Thank you, Mr. Wolfe and company.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • azhiashalott

    I enjoyed A.G. Harmon’s article, although I couldn’t help smiling to myself a little when reflecting on a class I took in university on the literature of the late-18th and early-19th centuries. My professor, herself a devout Evangelical Christian, made a point of driving home to us that the active Evangelical Christians of the day exhibited many of the very qualities and driving forces which caused Harmon to raise an eyebrow (e.g. animal cruelty, social injustice, etc). Yes, the film’s creators obviously made an effort to broaden their audience with their carefully-selected emphases, but I think it’s great that Christians today can see a film where an individual’s Christianity affects every aspect of his life.