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I recently heard someone tell the story of how their life got turned around for God through a "chance" encounter. Sitting in a waiting room, the speaker was recognized by an old acquaintance. They said a quick hello and then, just as they were about to part, the guy handed him a little brochure/track that talked about Jesus. The speaker stuck it in his pocket, read it later and said the short prayer on the back. It changed his life.

What made this possible? 

There are good and “less good” ways to talk about your faith. Explaining to people that you are writing a book about both the good and the bad leads to hearing stories like this one:

Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. My mom’s friend, a woman from her neighborhood, someone she had know for years, recently asked her: “Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?” Completely out of the blue. My mom was really upset. If she wanted a sermon, she would have gone to church!

This morning on a whim, I walked up my neighbor's driveway to see what my house looked like from the side. It's not a pretty picture....

In but not of is a poor way to live....

All great art must share the gospel. I do not mean it should, I mean it already does. Here's why. One of the things that makes art great is the way it touches us just a little deeper and helps us see things just a little more clearly. The world God has made - and we have tainted - is a mixture of pain and great hope and longing for solutions. Any true picture of this world, any art that rings true, will touch on these realities and in this way communicate some piece of the core of the Gospel, that there is something missing, that there is hope and that it is almost within our reach. Jesus is the answer to the hope and the pain and the longing that all great art stirs.