Are You Adding to the Noise? by Dave Weiss & Who Won Janet McHenry’s Book?

Friends, please welcome my friend, Dave Weiss, to the Christian Writer’s Den today. Dave is not only an artist, writer, speaker, and pastor, he’s also founder of AMOKArts.com where he helps Christian Creatives use their gifts for God’s glory. So when he shared his thoughts on this book, I knew I just had to share it–and Dave–with you.

Are You Adding to the Noise? by Dave Weiss


I’m reading an excellent book right now called The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani. I was mainly drawn to the book because in it he relates the story behind Van Gogh’s masterpiece Starry Night to the current attitude of consumer Christianity. But it’s not just Van Gogh, he interweaves many other wonderful illustrations into the mix including many from the arts and humanities.

In the chapter I read today, Jethani relates the story of going to an orchestra concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The tuning was a cacophony of noise but under the baton of conductor it came into harmony. It’s the perfect lead in to what he says next:

“Like an orchestra tuning their instruments, consumer Christianity is producing chaotic and unpleasant noise about God.”

It’s absolutely true. When faith becomes about us and about we want, the signals start to clash, as we speak about a god we are trying to mold into our image. That’s not God. God is king, ruler, sovereign. He is conducting this orchestra and it’s time for us to follow His baton.

Jethani then adds a quote from Leopold Stokowski, the founding conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra that really sums it up.

“A painter paints his picture on canvas but musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

Jethani continues: “Maybe God is waiting for us to be silent long enough so He can begin painting a new picture in our imaginations, to begin transforming our image of a manageable deity into one that can truly inspire .”

I believe this is a great truth. We’re created in God’s image and not the other way around. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. His are much higher and much better. We need to listen to Him and follow His lead. If you think you might be adding to the noise maybe it’s time to step back, quiet your heart and mind, delve into the Word and let the Master artist start creating in you.

I’m only about a fifth of the way into The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity but I can already see it is a great one filled with insights perfect for creatives trying to be faithful to their call. Take some time and check it out.

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Who Won Janet McHenry’s Book?

This month’s winner is Cathy Baker! Yay, Cathy! Congratulations! All you need to do is Contact Me with your snail mail address and the book will be on its way!

And readers, I know a lot of you want to read Janet’s books, PrayerWalkPrayerStreaming, and Daily PrayerWalk, so I’ve made it easy for you! Just click on the titles or the pictures and it’ll take you straight to the Amazon ordering page. 🙂

Happy reading and walking!

Vonda

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  • This sentence alone makes me want to read it: Maybe God is waiting for us to be silent long enough so He can begin painting a new picture in our imaginations, to begin transforming our image of a manageable deity into one that can truly inspire. Sounds like a winner, Vonda!

    • I loved that sentence, too. This is another one on my must-read list!

  • Nan Jones

    This sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. David and I befriend and witness to a lot of New Agers. This article reminds me of something we often say: “If we can make God anything we want Him to be then He wouldn’t be God.” Amen?

  • Cathy Baker

    Okay, my day has just been made!!!! I’m so excited to be a recipient of Janet’s book. 🙂 Thanks.

    My favorite line from your current read: Jethani continues: “Maybe God is waiting for us to be silent long enough so He can begin painting a new picture in our imaginations, to begin transforming our image of a manageable deity into one that can truly inspire .”

    Silence is beneficial on many levels.

    • I’m happy for you, Cathy! And yes, silence is so necessary…and so rare.

  • Colleen

    SO true. Thank you, V!

  • Marilyn Nutter

    Incredibly inspirational and challenging. Thanks for posting, Vonda!

  • Dave Weiss

    Thanks so much for posting this Vonda. I really appreciate the opportunity to “speak” to your audience. Folks, The Divine Commodity is an amazing book that should probably be read by all Christians but especially those of us who serve the Lord with our God-given creativity.
    Take care and God bless,
    Dave Weiss
    AMOKArts.com

    • Thank YOU for joining us, Dave. I can’t wait to read this book!

  • What a powerful message! I’m drawn to anything that has to do with Christians using our creativity for His glory.
    I love Judith’s comment–“a familiar line from the lips of the serpent.” Thank You, Lord. You are the name above all names. Let me remember this.

    • Oh, yes, may we ALL remember that! Thanks for your encouragement, Julie.

  • Judith Robl

    I am always amazed that we keep trying to wrap our finite little minds around the expanse of our infinite God. The arrogance of the intellect tells us that we can be a s wise as God — a familiar line from the lips of the serpent. When will we learn that God is bigger than that?

    • “The arrogance of the intellect…” so true. Thank you for your deeply insightful comments, Judith!

  • kimberly long

    Loved this thought! I just started the Gideon bible study by Priscilla Shirer last night and she also talked about our generation molding God into who they want Him to be. Wow, we wouldn’t have much confidence, if we made our own god. I’m so thankful God is much much higher and wiser and loving than I’ll ever comprehend!!

    • I am, too, Kimberly! We want Him to be great, but we also want Him to do our bidding. It just doesn’t work that way.