is church life stifling your creativity?

Reblogging John Mark McMillan, who was reblogging Donald Miller. I like this post a lot. I just sent out an email last night to the worshipfolk in my InterVarsity chapter challenging us to write our own worship music. I’m excited to see what we’ll come up with and have gotten lots of positive response already ^_^

I really enjoyed this post from Donald Miller‘s blog so i decided to re-post it.  I hope it makes you think.

Is Church Life Stifling Your Creativity? (by Donald Miller)

When Solomon wrote Song of Songs, a dramatic opera about a young, poor woman who fell in love with a Shepherd king, do you think he had “the voice of the church” in his head? Do you think he was worried about what a group of people might think? Of course the evangelical church didn’t exist, then, and neither did the collective evangelical consciousness, but what I mean by that question is that if Solomon were writing today, and were writing an Opera for young kids about the ways of love, he would no doubt be attacked. My guess is the criticisms would be listed as such:

1. His opera does not mention God. Why wouldn’t he use this opportunity to bring people to God? He’s a Godless man.

2. His opera is erotic, filled with sexual imagery and even sexual instruction. It’s unfitting for any person to read, much less young couples.

3. It’s confusing. We don’t know where the acts begin. It isn’t structured. It’s amature.

4. He never mentions sex should be saved till marriage, so he must be endorsing pre-marital sex.

5. There seems to be no point to the work. If he’s trying to teach something, you can’t figure out what it is, and if he isn’t trying to teach something, what’s the point of reading it or listening to it as an opera?

And so on and so on.

Here’s the point of this blog post: There is a difference between what “the church” wants you to do and what God wants you to do. Do what God wants you to do. Go and create, even as you were made to create.


mojo on main

em mckeever

It is so incredibly relaxing to not be in school for a few weeks. Played at the Mojo on Main open mic night tonight with some friends. Here is Em, being awesome. Got home and stayed awake for 4 more hours than normal to see the creepiest lunar eclipse I have ever observed (this was my third). It was like the moon was on fire. Yay for fun nights.


This weekend I went with some friends to a music festival in Frechtown, NJ, called Revelation Generation. It was prettyyyy awesome.

Pictures to prove it:

Dustin Kensrue
This is Dustin Kensrue. He is the singer for Thrice. His solo stuff is awesome.
This is my brother Ben. He likes fire.
Kevin excited for Mae!
Relient K for the dozenth time yay
Anberlin! Sooooo good.

This was sort of my summer vacation. I have been working (or recovering from surgery) constantly since spring break, so this was very nice. It was good to relax. And to camp. I love camping. And fires. And s’mores. And good music. And friends. It was fun (: