Author Archives: Joel Pelsue

stop saying artists are prophets

Stop Saying Artists Are Prophets

Stop saying artists are prophets Artists hate being labeled. Why? Labeling is a failure to see the unique, and to distinguish what is precious. For years, many ministry leaders and well intended friends have called artists prophets. This was done in the hope of affirming their gifts and recognizing their abilities. The irony of saying […]

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Spiritual Adulting for Artists

Spiritual Adulting for Artists

Spiritual Adulting for Artists We all want to make a difference and we all want success. We want both, and so we should. And yet, this side of Eden nothing goes as planned. We have to face the reality of our own limits, our sin, and the evil in this world. There is no financial […]

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creative burnout

Creative Burnout

Creative burnout is real.  Many creatives face it everyday in a very real way. You can ignore the dangers at your own peril. Or you can find a way to get deep, real rest. Professional artists are like professional athletes. You worked hard to get where you are, and you developed your talents. As a […]

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Becoming a Healthy Artist

Becoming a Healthy Artist

Becoming a healthy artist isn’t something most artists ever talked about in their universities, their studios, or their galleries. From professors to patrons, the focus has been on your creativity, and your innovation. Yet, if you are going to have a productive and long career, then becoming a healthy artist is critically important. As creatives […]

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Christianity and Creativity

Christianity & Creativity: Bezalel

Enjoy this new vlog series entitled Christianity and Creativity. The first video in this series is about Bezalel, the first person in the Bible to be filled with the Spirit- an Artist! If you are interested in the intersection of faith and art, this new video series is for you. Also mentioned in the video […]

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Creativity Demands the Whole Self

Creativity Demands the Whole Self One fact of being a successful artist or creative professional is this: creativity demands the whole self. Any other way produces anemic and lame art. One of my early convictions about creativity, art and faith came from a jazz professor. I studied jazz at Westmont College in the days when […]

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Stop Saying Christian Artist

Stop Saying Christian Artist. The term “Christian Artist” sounds simple and its meaning seems obvious. Intuitively we think we know what it means. But well intended language often gets in the way of clarity. Everyone wants to discover their life purpose, and to find joy in doing the very thing they believe God designed them […]

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10th Commandment for Artists

Enjoy this vlog of the 10th Commandment for Artists and Creative Professionals in our Ten Commandments for Artists series. Here’s a little about the video: Coveting kills your joy. Unlike the other commandments, this one cuts to the heart. God cares about your affections and desires, not simply your actions, because that is where the […]

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Finding Your Calling as an Artist

Peter Pan is a Bad Role Model Did Peter Pan have a calling? We’ll never know. He refused to grow up. As artists or creative professionals, we all need to keep our childlike sense of imagination and play like Peter Pan. However, we cannot afford to remain children. We must grow up and become that […]

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