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Musings from Taco-ites

Since using the arts as a vehicle for sharing our faith in Jesus with Muslims is our "stock-in-trade" you might say, some of us occasionally have a few thoughts on the matter. As they say in Turkish "işte bunlar..." (here they are...)

Pop Culture Jesus

by wonka

Recently, I came across an interview with Selena Gomez. In the video, she very candidly talked about being a Christian, and I thought “wow, that’s encouraging.” And she’s not alone, haven’t you heard? Justin Bieber is cool with Jesus too.


Iranians reaching out to Afghans

by monky

SlkfsdkhdA couple of weeks ago, we went to a part of Istanbul where there are tons of minorities - and finished up at the seafront performing to hundreds of Afghan nationals, mostly refugees living in the area. Despite the very friendly and interested...

Hearts and Minds

by monky

Woman SmokingMy mother was a smoker - but she only smoked at home or on social occasions. She would never smoke on the street or in a car. As a child I remember her telling me this on many occasions, and she would look down on people - especially other women -...

Parable of the Prom

by monky

Parable of the PromIt used to frustrate me. I’d explain some aspect of the Gospel at a concert in the clearest way I knew with a culturally appropriate story followed by a succinct explanation of the point I was trying to make. Sometimes it might even draw a round...

PR for Jesus: Learning from the Gay Lobby

by monky

PR for Jesus: Learning from the Gay LobbyOne thing that's on the agenda of many governments these days is that of homosexual marriage. I am not going to debate the rights and wrongs of such a policy change. It is the fact that societies around the world are seriously trying to decide...

Art for art's sake, or art for God's sake?

by monky

Blog Piano I suspect it's an old chestnut that Christians who want to use the arts for evangelism have struggled with through the ages: should my main focus beon the art, or should it be the evangelistic message? Can I somehow do both without compromising...

How do visual artists think?

by monky

All of us work in different ways, but here goes a nice link from a chap explaining how he sketches out and thinks through his artwork. So much Christian visual art (at least from the evangelical circles I have moved in, and especially when it is...