Ancient Roots, New Beginnings

Join us October 21-25 for the inaugural DTS Arts Week, which will include a professional art show, chapel speaker Ken Myers, and special guest performers.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." (Isaiah 11:1)

Art Show

Ancient Roots, New Beginnings

Ponder Timeless Mysteries

The Art Show is curated to educate and inspire the DTS family to reflect on professional faith-based visual art. The show will open Monday evening, October 21st, with a reception for the artists and continue throughout the week 9am-6pm, closing Friday, October 25th at 4:30.

  • “The experience of art offers a kind of understanding of ourselves and of the world, of the coherence of the world, not in quick bursts, in bullet-pointed insights, or in sound bites. The knowledge conveyed in art—like the knowledge conveyed in love or in contemplation or even in gardening—is a knowledge that takes time to receive.“
    Ken Myers
  • “Art is redemptive when it is meant to reflect the glory of the Creator and to stimulate consideration of the purpose God intended with His gracious gifting. To that end we invite the celebration of God's grandeur and grace in this our first DTS Arts week."
    Mark Bailey
    DTS President
  • “DTS and the Arts—reflecting the Lord Jesus Christ, opening a window into heaven.”
    Reg Grant
    Chair of Media Arts & Worship
  • "Worship artfully."
    Tim Basselin
    Asst. Professor
  • “I've seen the Arts speak grace into the lives of people from China to Venezuela and from India to France—I can't wait to see what the DTS Arts Week will surface here!"
    Mike Pocock
    Senior Professor Emeritus
  • “Art presupposes a coherence and intelligibility in Creation. Art works because the world is a Creation, not simply a meaningless, cosmic accident. Even people who believe that the world is the product of chance often cannot help—when they work creatively—to behave otherwise.“
    Ken Myers
  • “The creative arts express what words cannot and thus help heal the deeply wounded.“
    Linda Marten
    Assoc. Professor
  • "Overwhelmed by media, it is difficult for substantive messages to be implanted in the minds of our congregations without the effective assistance of the media arts."
    Ramesh Richard
    Professor
  • “Flood my heart and soul with truth even as my mind is filled.”
    Timothy Warren
    Senior Professor
  • "The experience of art—the sense we have of significance and connection and meaning conveyed through artistic expression—is not an illusory and escapist exercise, but a return to reality."
    Ken Myers
  • “At DTS our greatest investment is in the invisible, requiring imagination in order to develop empathy and exercise faith. Arts Week provides a great way to develop that 'sanctified imagination.'"
    Sandra Glahn
    Adjunct Professor, Magazine Editor, Fan of Ken Myers
  • "Art is the language of the postmodern world."
    George Hillman
    Chair of Educational Ministry and Leadership
  • “Gifted Christian artists studying at DTS, filling their hearts and minds with sound biblical theology, producing life-changing creations full of truth and beauty—electrifying!”
    Larry Waters
    Assoc. Professor
  • “I have seen first hand what the Arts Program at DTS has produced and it is a boon for the church. People who understand how to communicate in a variety of media and reach the heart with the gospel—impressive.”
    Darrell Bock
    Senior Professor
  • “I am thrilled that Dallas Seminary is sponsoring an Arts Week where many of the talented artists in our community will have the opportunity to help us all see what they see when they look at the world.”
    Glenn Kreider
    Professor

Arts Week Chapel Speaker

Ken Myers is the host of Mars Hill Audio, an award-winning journal committed to helping Christians move from thoughtless consumption of contemporary culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement. Since founding Mars Hill in 1992, Ken has interviewed hundreds of leading scholars and intellectuals on their areas of cultural expertise. He writes a regular column for Touchstone and is the author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture. He earned his Master's at Westminster Theological Seminary and worked for many years as the arts and humanities editor of NPR's Morning Edition. Read Ken's full bio.

 

Arts Week Chapels

In Light of the Logos: Creation, Redemption, and the Christian Imagination

Tuesday, October 22

Message: "Creation and the Ordered Imagination"
One of the hallmarks of modern culture is the assumption that the natural world is bereft of order or meaning. All human meaning is thus the product of human creativity. The stuff of the material world —without form and void — is assigned significance ex nihilo, in accord with the sovereignty of human wills. By contrast, a Christian understanding of art and imagination begins with a confidence in the meaningful order of Creation, an order which survives the Fall and which is perceived by the collaboration of reason and imagination.

Wednesday, October 23

Message: "Incarnation and the Form of Human Meaning"
Among the earliest and most persistent Christian heresies was a denial that Christ was fully human. The mystery of the Incarnation — God taking human form — was even harder for many First Century pagans and Jews to accept than was the idea of forgiveness effected through a cross. The gnostic temptation has continued to plague the Church. In modern culture, it is evident in the common assumption that form and content can be neatly severed, and that abstract formulas of truth are superior to concrete expressions of reality. But what if the medium really is the message?

Thursday, October 24

Message: "Resurrection and the Promise of Glory"
Before Christ was raised from the dead, it would have been possible to believe that Creation was a lost cause, that sin had so undone God's handiwork that death and horror were more powerful than life and its beauties. When the modern West abandoned its orientation in light of the Resurrection, it also became skeptical about the possibilty of beauty. But the resurrection of the man Jesus Christ confirms God's love for his Creation and the order he established within it. Our present delight in the reality of beauty within Creation anticipates our future delight in the new heavens and the new earth.

Friday, October 25

Q&A with Ken Myers.

 

Engage with the Arts

A Biblical Theology of Art and Worship

By Dr. Larry Waters, Associate Professor of Bible Exposition
Read Dr. Waters' paper

Jim Hodges at The DMA

Opening October 6
Contemporary artist Jim Hodges brings "a poet's eye and a devotional attitude" to his installations.
More information

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