CREATIVITY

IT'S A BIG WORLD OUT THERE WITH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE DOING INCREDIBLE THINGS. HERE'S A FEW OF THOSE GEMS.

WHEN YOU AND I CREATE...

November 2, 2018
Jordan Raynor - Called to Create
"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, ...
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You are fluent in this language (and don't even know it)

Who: Christoph Niemann
Why: If we want to tell the story of God well we could do well to learn from other storytellers. 
Without realising it, we're fluent in the language of pictures, says illustrator Christoph Niemann. In a talk packed with witty, whimsical drawings, Niemann undertakes a hilarious visual tour that shows how artists tap into our emotions and minds -- all without words.

Start With Why

Who: Simon Sinek
Why: Thinking clearly means creating clearly
One of the greatest TED talks ever. Seems obvious, but how many of us think this through before starting a new project?

NEW THIS MONTH

Nothing Stands Between Us - John Mark McMillan (feat. Jonathan David & Melissa Helser)
We absolutely love this song. It's in tension. It's in questioning. But at the end of it all, nothing stands between us and the Father. Only love.

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Strength & Beauty - Citizens
Watch music video "Strength and Beauty" by Citizens. These incredible artists came to Festival One back in 2016. Let this song wash over you.

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joy. - for King & Country
We love this song and the message it tells - it's time to make a choice, choose joy!

LYRICS

STRENGTH & BEAUTY

Citizens

Strength and beauty deep in our blood
We separate it
Profane the pages

Hatred taking over our eyes
And we defend it
Reform repentance

Violence stealing love from our lips
We justify it
Go on divided
Listen

Grace and brilliance flow through our veins 
But we defy it
Placate the crisis

Justice cratered under our fists
But we deny it
Pass on the virus 
Listen
Hear the broken singing

I see a shadow of survival
I see a starlight in my dreams
I see a cursed forgotten child
I see the tears drip down her lips
I see a stone made from a bible
I see her bruised and beaten skin
I see the fear that keeps her silent
I see a bird with broken wings
I see a cold dejected diamond 
I see it dug out of the mud
I see a soul no longer frightened 
I see the life rush through her blood
I see her crying turned to laughter
I see her dancing in the rain
I see a hope in this disaster
I see it

WILDERLOVE

John Mark McMillan

Words from John about the song... “Wilderlove [pronounced “Will-der-love”] is a word I made up. It’s kind of like ‘wanderlust’ but less selfish, and sort of compares people-scapes to landscapes. I think the desire in us to know and be known is so great that it speaks to what I believe is the transcendent part of a person. It’s the part of you that tells you you’re more than the sum of your experience. It’s the nagging suspicion that you might be part of something bigger. We all want to love big and broad without moderation, but few of us believe we ever do. That can create conflict in our daily smallness and settling, and I don’t think it’s something we can easily get away from. I think we all wrestle with it.”

Plumbed the badlands as a child
Where the dust devils dance
On the dreams of the ivy wild

The places you grow up
The tumbling ground is rough
There is no domestic heart
Then what have we become: just pedestrian?
There is no domestic heart

The Wilderlove is hidden within us
And we reckon with it, and we wrestle with it
The Wilderlove is hidden within us
And we wrestle with it, and we wrestle with it

You are the wilderness and I fall fast drawn
To the rise of your vast expanse
I feel so underdressed so civilised and small
By the powers that you possess