Items included on this page come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

An Intro to Christian Business and LGBT Civil Rights

Christian Bakers, Gay Weddings, and a Question for the Supreme Court: This readable article provides a succinct and balanced summary of the small business issues of religious freedom and civil rights–mom-and-pop stores, artistic liberty, corporate regulation, and competing goods in the commonwealth. It can serve as an introduction to the court cases, arguments, and principles at […]

Photo Essay: Anabaptist in America

Fine Arts

Anabaptist in America: This set of photographs portrays Anabaptist life in Lancaster, PA.  The photos have no captions and invite students to an exploration of Menno Simons’ (1496-1561) reformation themes in the Low countries as well as Amish piety and the works of Swiss Anabaptist Jakob Ammann (b. 1644).  Their understanding of the two kingdoms […]

Beyond the Culture Wars: Culture Care for Christians and Other Artists

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life by Makato Fujimura (IVP, 2017) — In Culture Care, artist-author Fujimura issues a call to cultural stewardship, in which we become generative and feed our culture’s soul with beauty, creativity, and generosity. We serve others as cultural custodians of the future. This book on cultural stewardship is […]

A Brief Apologia for Art and Christianity

Fine Arts

Christ the Artist, We the Portfolio: To listen and learn about faith, art, and mission, begin with the words of Jeremiah: “The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel.” Here is the essence of art and the essence of Christianity in one sentence. […]

Religion in Modern and Contemporary Art

Fine Arts

Reports of the Death of Religious Art Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: With religious literacy an increasing necessity for civic life in an age of globalization, voluntary and involuntary immigration, and new instances of diversity, perhaps the arts might help find the ways renewed connections can be made. And, perhaps ultimately, critics will start paying more […]

Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art

Fine Arts

Jewish art challenges the taboo of Jesus: This exhibition at the Israel Museum is a collection of more than 150 artworks by 40 Jewish and Israeli artists who have used Christian imagery to challenge long-held taboos in both communities. It showcases the evolving attitudes of Jewish, Zionist and Israeli artists toward a figure whose place […]


Models, Examples, and Suggestions for Instruction

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