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Our God has revealed himself as the God of creation and beauty. As his image bearers, part of reflecting his beauty and image in this world involves the act of making, re-creating. We believe the Church should of all places value great art.

About Us

The Music & Arts Ministry at Church at the Cross is a collective of song-writers, painters, filmmakers, photographers, designers, textile, and other visual artists striving to make great art in community with one another. We desire to be artists and creatives who are theologically formed, artistically enriched, relationally driven, and enthusiastically imaginative.

Email joseph@churchatthecross.com for any questions on how to get involved.

Advent Art Gallery 2017

With our 2017 Advent gallery, we’re inviting you to consider this theme of “waiting” – waiting for an arrival.

The season of Advent has this built-in tension. As we look at the life of Israel, they experienced the presence of God while simultaneously eagerly awaiting the coming Messiah. As we consider our own lives today, we see that we currently experience the kingdom of God, right now, already here in fullness; yet not consummated. A tension. Christ has come, and yet glory awaits.

So for this season of anticipation and hopeful waiting, we’re going to take a digital approach. We’re invited you to explore these themes through the medium of digital photography – exploring  the practice of waiting and the gift of Christ through this everyday medium. You can use a phone camera or a more professional grade option. BUT, it must be shot in the “Square” ratio format. So set your phone camera, or whatever you’re using to “Square”, and shoot away!

Submissions should be sent to Joseph Tenney by Monday, November 27th. And once again – must be digital, photography, Square ratio.

Awaited Hope Art Gallery

Mandy Rogers is an abstract artist from East Texas who now resides in the city of Dallas. She works mostly in acrylic, while sometimes utilizing oil and watercolor. This particular series is about suffering. However, she didn’t want to tell a story of suffering without telling a story about hope – to ensure that hope shined through in the midst of pain and suffering. She writes about her experience in creating these pieces, “I kept coming back to mountains and blue hues and the way light comes into them. I wanted to capture that feeling just before the light comes in, that hope, but also the heaviness and weightiness. Hope can often feel heavy and difficult to grasp onto, and it can be easier to hold onto your doubt or hurt. I wanted to let the viewer know that hope can be hard to grasp, but it is here and it is coming. That’s why you see the white sweeping down in the paintings.”

My hope as a pastor here at CATC is that we would slow down enough to hear from this visual artist who is essentially saying – Look. Look carefully. Surrounding you is a world of beauty and of terror, pain and joy, fallen yet full of hope. C.S. Lewis said, “It is impossible to see the mystery, the beauty, or the terror of the world, fully at least, except by the help of others.” It’s in this realm of “seeing rightly” that the visual artist works. Our job is not only to avoid false images or inappropriate imagery. It’s also to provide our eyes with images and objects that are good and true to look on, so that the eyes of our mind might be clarified and the eyes of our heart might be aroused for the sake of a deeper love of God and a more faithful engagement with a world that God so loves. – Pastor Joseph Tenney

For purchasing inquiries contact Joseph at joseph@churchatthecross.com

Learn more about Mandy Rogers and view her artwork at  mandyrogers.art.

Also follow her on Instagram –  @mandyrogersart

Pentecost Art Gallery

Holy Week Gallery - "Resurrection"

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We’re asking artists to consider the themes of new life, new birth and joy.

Some works might explore the idea of resurrection itself, while others may consider what joy might entail, visually. Some pieces might communicate a personal exploration of experiencing joy out of chaos, finding new life born out of a former circumstance.

Our hope is that as this exhibition explores the transformative idea of resurrection and renewal, we will experience afresh the glory of the resurrection of Jesus, and the ways in which we’ve been brought out of the ashes of death’s grip through the radiance of God’s glory.

Anatomy of the Soul Art Gallery

Anatomy of the Soul Gallery

In his preface to the Psalter, John Calvin referred to the book of Psalms as, “An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul”. He believed you could not find an emotion expressed in the world that was not present within the Psalms – grief, sorrow, fear, doubt, hope, care, perplexity, wonder. Calvin believed that by perusing the Psalmists’s compositions, we would be both awakened to our own maladies as well as instructed to seek remedy for their cure.

This curated exhibition invites the artist to peruse these compositions and submit work that explores this broad range of human experience. Calvin understood the soul not as a fixed muscle in stasis, but a multifaceted complex organ emanating a spectrum of emotions and heartfelt expressions. This gallery seeks to portray work that addresses the range of these expressions and complexities of experience found throughout the Psalms.

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