Author Archives: Joel Pelsue

Sin Boldly

  Fear kills creativity. It doesn’t matter if it is fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the critic or fear of what your Christian and skeptic friends might think. The reformer Martin Luther claimed that Christians should be bold and stop wavering amidst the choices we face. Take time to make a wise […]

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Beauty

(Please note this podcast begins with a reading from the book of Ezekial before Rev. Joel speaks) Beauty.  What is it really? Does it only exist in the eye of the beholder?  It is so universally desirable that Americans alone spend over $54 Billion each year trying to look beautiful. It has been vastly misunderstood […]

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Dark Places

Exploring Dark Places in order to communicate truth. Discusses the challenge artists face in portraying  evil authentically.  Sentimental avoidance of evil, and gratuitous celebration of evil must be avoided.  So how do we address such a critical facet of our artwork?

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Power of Beauty

A few months ago I spoke at the headquarters for the largest non-profit in the world, World Vision International. As I spoke in their chapel, I challenged them to consider the role that beauty and art play when God transforms entire cultures. I showed them the often overlooked passages of scripture which make this clear […]

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Narcissism & Hollywood

So Hollywood is narcissistic?  Tell me something I don’t know, right?   Well, though we live here in Los Angeles, and we see our share of fantastically ridiculous behavior, I was recently surprised and grieved to learn more about the narcissism in this city and how it is effecting our culture at large. Now, I must […]

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