The difference between art and entertainment is a subtle but significant one.
I was talking to a friend who is a pastor recently, and he was telling me about the ins and outs of writing sermons. It might be a little surprising to know that pastors get writers block, too. Actually, it was a little bit encouraging. He was thinking about the ways he tries to break through it when it comes.
He said that many times when he can’t find a nugget around which to build a sermon, he’ll turn to art. He’s been inspired by paintings especially, but he’s also dipped into poetry, plays, and music. When he does so, he’s not as much searching for a topic as he’s trying to just get into a creative frame of mind. “Creativity inspires creativity,” he said. I wish I’d said that. He told me the story of a Manet