Engaging the Arts

Below you will find the full outline of the Engaging the Arts course. You can start the course exactly as you would in the actual course—read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the discussion questions. For the first two sessions, the only difference is that in the actual course you would be able to interact with other people from around the world or from your local church.

After the first two sessions, you will be able to see the outline for the remaining sessions, but you’ll need to sign up for the actual course to continue.

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Course Description

This course builds upon the Art & the Bible course, which laid a biblical and theoretical foundation for understanding art. This course takes on a more practical feel and addresses issues of what it means for a Christian to create art that glorifies God and communicates with the surrounding culture, how art can be an avenue for our mission as Christians, and how art can deepen our churches.

About the Instructor

This course is taught by Mark Beuving. Mark has worked in youth, college, and worship ministry since 1999, and now serves at Eternity Bible College as the Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is also the author of Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music and the co-author with Francis Chan of Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Mark lives in Simi Valley with his wife and two daughters.

Mark Beuving

Course Sessions

Session 1: What Does the Bible Say about Art?

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  1. How would you summarize the Bible’s perspective on art?
  2. Biblically speaking, what dangers are present in the world of art that we must watch out for?
  3. Biblically speaking, what opportunities are present in the world of art that we should enjoy?

Session 2: How Art Communicates, Part 1

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  1. In your experience, do many people assume that the “point” or “message” of a work of art ought to be immediately obvious? Have you thought this way? Why do you think this assumption is prevalent?
  2. A newspaper or history book will tell you what happened, but art explores the meaning of what happened. Explain this statement a bit. What is this statement getting at?
  3. Why is trying to “decode” the meaning an improper approach to art?
  4. Art shows more than it tells. It suggests more than it teaches. What does this mean? What are these statements getting at?
  5. What does it mean that art defamiliarizes us with the things we interact with every day? Why is this valuable?

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Additional Course Sessions (available in the full course)

Session 3: How Art Communicates, Part 2

Session 4: The Dark Side of Art, Part 1

Session 5: The Dark Side of Art, Part 2

Session 6: Creating Art, Part 1

Session 7: Creating Art, Part 2

Session 8: Bad Art, Part 1

Session 9: Bad Art, Part 2

Session 10: Art & Mission, Part 1

Session 11: Art & Mission, Part 2

Session 12: Art & the Church, Part 1

Session 13: Art & the Church, Part 2

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