Major & minor themes in the Christian worldview [and what that means for my writing]

art and the bibleMy dear friend Elyse recently loaned me a book called Art and the Bible, written by Francis Schaeffer.  It was less a book and more an essay, and I read it in one sitting.  Let me tell you, it was refreshing to have someone explore so many ideas related to the Christian worldview and the value of art.

The idea that stood out to me the most was this: the Christian world view has both a major and minor theme.  The minor theme is that the world has revolted and is revolting against God, that Christians will never be perfect this side of heaven.  The major theme is that God is at work redeeming the world.

What does that mean for the Christian artist? It’s okay for your art to show both themes too.

Why does this matter to me? Because, as a Christian artist who has suffered from OCD, I’ve sometimes wondered if my responsibility to my faith meant that I needed to focus only on the positive.  The answer is no.  It should be emphasized over the minor theme, but the minor theme has its place in my writing too.

I wish that all Christian artists realized this. We need more gritty, raw Christian art and fewer poems about rainbows and puppies.  If you have art like this– especially written work– you should submit your work to Crux Literary Journal.  We’d be thrilled to take a look.

Introducing Crux Literary Journal

Hi friends!

Today I’m excited to tell you about a new project of mine.  Crux Literary Journal is a brand-new online arts project that launches today at

I love Jesus.  I love quality writing.  But so often in my life, I have found Christian literature to be cheesy, over-sentimental, and sub-par.

But I know it doesn’t have to be this way.  That’s why I started Crux.  

Crux Literary Journal is committed to publishing works of Christian art that display true excellence.  We publish poems and stories that are real, gritty, raw, even savage– but laced with the grace that is ours through the cross.

I invite you today to check out the site’s first two posts– a short story by T.J. Martinson and a poem by Anna Stone.  Both pieces are brilliant.

What else can you do to support Crux?

1. Follow the blog site.
2. Leave encouraging comments for the writers.
3. Submit your own creative work with Christian themes.