#STORY2012 :: Erwin McManus – Beauty of Creativity

Erwin McManus is the lead pastor of Mosaic Church, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California which has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. He made his name first by becoming a popular speaker on issues related topostmodernism and postmodern Christianity, but also writes and lectures on topics such as culture, change, creativity, and leadership.McManus was named by Church Report in January 2007 as one of the “50 Most Influential Christians in America.”

The Beauty of the Creative Process

  • There’s a difference between someone who has ideas and aspirations, and someone who has taken those ideas and turned them into something real.
  • I want to talk about the ‘other everywhere.’
  • So often times when we think about ‘everywhere’ we leave out the future.
  • The other everywhere is the invisible, the future.
  • The ancients were those who understood that the universe was not formed out of what is visible.
  • Everything that was created in the universe was first an idea in the mind of God.
  • Then God spoke and turned the invisible into the visible.
  • He materialized the idea, he materialized the future.
  • Before you became material, you existed in the mind of God.
  • Human beings have this crazy capacity to materialize ideas. No other species has that.
  • If you allow an idea to translate through to who you are, then that idea becomes a reality.
  • Is it possible that the creative act is simply the materialization of the future?
  • At one point I felt as if the more I became involved in christianity, the further I got from God.
  • A director asked me “Why is life so mundane?”
  • When you life your live outside of God then it becomes mundane.
  • When you live your life inside of God then you are a part of the created order, and life is good.
  • There’s this other everywhere that we keep missing.
  • We are the ones that not only know that the universe was created out of the invisible, but that the creative act is the courageous moment when you release yourself from the dependency of what you know, and to be the agency of what is unknown.
  • I want you to absorb the beauty of the earth that remains unseen and unknown. It began to strike me that a part of the narrative that god calls us into is to be astonished by the wonder of beauty that we might once again imagine the level of God.
  • Beauty began the process of saving me.
  • You don’t have to have hope to create art. But you have to have hope to create beauty.
  • Part of my own journey was to grab on to the beautiful even in the midst of tragedy.
  • God refuses to relinquish the narrative beauty. He creates out of our tragedy, that which is even more beautiful.
  • If you want to dive deep into the creative act, and do what the world cannot do, then translate your art to bring hope to the world. Tell the story honestly and authentically. But never allow tragedy to never have the final word.
  • I’ve been trained all my life to love the hideous
  • We have spent our entire lives living with a humanity that is humane. And we think that’s what it means to be alive.
  • When we become a part of the creative process we begin to understand and regret all of those wasted minutes.
  • The more I strive to understand beauty, the more I experience the reality of pain.
  • This journey doesn’t free us from this trouble, but it does for this trouble.

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