In April, I spoke at Brehm Cascadia‘s Sacrament & Story conference.

As usual, I was asked to speak for about half an hour, so I prepared notes for a full hour, and then just moved really, really fast. I packed in a lot of David Bowie, David Dark, Madeleine L’Engle, Over the Rhine, Sam Phillips, Moonrise Kingdom, The Secret of Kells, Babette’s Feast, a scene from The Fits, and more. Oh, and even though my voice was in bad shape from a week of heavy lectures at school, I sang a little. Very, very badly.

Anyway, if you’re interested, this is a presentation about the courage that artists must have in order to behold, and then bear witness to, new visions of beauty and truth.

It’s also about the need for churches to trust, support, and attend to their artists.

Enjoy. And I’d love to hear from you if it inspires any thoughts or questions.