Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Focus on What God Has Accomplished

I've just returned from some great teaching, fellowship and reflection at the Lillenas Drama Arts Conference in Kansas City. There's nothing more exciting than being a part of a group of believers seeking to better serve their Lord through the arts!

This conference always offers some of the best Christian drama teaching available and this year was no exception, but I especially liked the fact that the focus for the four-day gathering was on God and on what He has accomplished, not on hype, glitz, namedropping or a "wow" factor. Celebrities mingled with the "common" folk; people just starting out in drama ministry felt comfortable asking questions of those more experienced: fellowship among brothers and sisters, not a sea of attendees.


Some highlights included an artist worship segment in which the attendees were able to express through different art forms their "monuments" to what God has accomplished (based on the scripture below); insight from screenwriter Henry "Chip" Arnold (right) ; compelling testimony from "Chalk Guy" Ben Glenn (left) and moving prayer requests enacted by Lin Sexton and her team, among other workshop offerings too numerous to mention. It was iron sharpening iron.

It's always good to take some time from our busy schedules to carve out some time specifically for the Lord and to rededicate our efforts to Him and His purposes. Only by humbling ourselves and seeking His face (and not a wow experience, whether at a conference or during our worship services) will we truly be able to serve Him and make a difference through the arts.


"And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.' For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."
(Josh 4:20-24 NIV)

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The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

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Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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