For several weeks, we’ve been promoting Love, Suffering & Creativity by saying that “certain works of art affect you more deeply than others do.” While that’s still true, it doesn’t fully explain what this event is about. 

Sometimes it’s best to begin by asking questions like... 

  • Why is Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead John Piper’s favorite novel?
  • Why is Les Miserable the longest running Broadway musical?
  • Why does the fiction of C.S. Lewis enthrall children and adults decades  after publication?
  • Why is Sufjan Stevens’s Carrie & Lowell, written after the death of his mother, arguably his most powerful album?
  • Why do shows like Parenthood and Friday Night Lights evoke so much emotion?

If you look at them closely, you’ll see that all of these works touch on two of life’s most pervasive experiences—love and suffering. Some of these works were even born out of their creators’ own encounters with love and suffering. But why are those experiences so profound and why does art created with them in mind impact us so deeply? 

At the center of human history, Jesus Christ hangs on a cross, the suffering servant (Isaiah 53), as an act of God’s love and mercy for sinners (Romans 5:8). On the cross, love and suffering meet and give us a living hope (1 Peter 1:13)

Ours is an age of spectacle. As Christians, we don’t need to appropriate and sanitize culture, nor do we need to capitulate to it by abandoning the convictions that give us something worth saying; instead, we can create art that addresses the places in life where God speaks most powerfully—places like love and suffering. 

Join us on August 1st at 7:00 PM to hear Dustin Kensrue, Brett McCracken & David Zahl speak on Love, Suffering, & Creativity, and how the good news influences the ways we create in an age of spectacle. 

Tickets are $20, and the first 100 guests to buy tickets will receive a complimentary copy of Law & Gospel, co-written by David Zahl. Our friends from Hopper & Burr will be providing coffee for the evening, and Nick Bogardus will be our host. 

We look forward to seeing you then.