Art that Tells the Story

Christopher Brewer

Chris Brewer’s ’01 new book tells the Gospel story visually with art, from creation and the fall through redemption and consummation. He and his wife, Rachel, are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

by Chris Brewer '01

July 18, 2011

It was just over five years ago that Rachel and I moved back from northern Philadelphia into my parents’ basement. I had just completed an internship at a church and was planning to head back to school. Rachel was eight months pregnant, and I wasn’t working just yet, so I had a bit more free time than usual.

I decided to use some of that spare time to help out in our church’s library. They were looking for someone to breathe a bit of life into the ministry, and I had some ideas.

For starters, I sifted through the existing collection. As is the case with many church libraries, I found much of it to be more or less cast offs from people’s basements. We boxed up the rejects and sold them to a local bookstore and used the credits to buy reference works like Bible dictionaries and commentaries as well as collections of poetry, church history, good fiction, and worldview-ish texts from multiple disciplines.

Now that we had a good collection of books, we needed to get people into the library — now worldview resource center — and I decided that art would be a great way to do just that, but more importantly, this art would tell the story through image and text. Read more of Chris’ story.

 

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