In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

There was nothing.

Then there was something.

And not just any old something, but a magnificent something—a planet that was brimming with color, beauty, and life.

And yet, he didn’t stop there.

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
— Genesis Two | Seven

The Lord had created the stuff of nature—the raw, untamed earth—but apparently he did not believe it was sufficient. The work was not complete. It needed form. The task he was beginning, which he would soon give to Adam, was not nature-making (he had already done this), but culture-making. He took the dust of his earth and “formed” something quite remarkable from it: A man.

But he didn't stop there, either.

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
— Genesis Two | Eight

Out of the wilderness, he made a garden.

Note these verbs we are given in verse eight—“formed,” “planted.” Slow down and hold this thought in your head a moment: The Lord Almighty dug his hands in the dirt, turned the brown soil, dropped in seeds, and covered them back. Selah.

Meanwhile, the man stood nearby watching his creator work, learning what his own first trade would be. He was God’s apprentice, the heir apparent to this garden.

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
— Genesis Two | Nine

Now as we would expect, the Lord’s garden was full of good things to eat. It held acres of satisfying, nutritious vegetables that would fuel Adam’s body. It was useful.

But don’t miss the phrase before that. Not only was it good for food—that most basic of needs—it was also "pleasant to the sight." It was beautiful. It was something to behold, a sight that would drive Adam and his descendants to worship the one who made all things.

At A|C our humble goal—our calling—is to continue this work. We want to take the raw colors, words, sounds, objects, and images around us and shape them into worship-inducing beauty. Together we will craft beautiful stories, beautiful songs, beautiful paintings, sculptures, videos, and photographs.

Our prayer is that these creations will honor our Lord, encourage and enrich the worship experience of our church, and stand as signposts pointing nonbelievers to the ultimate beauty of Jesus Christ. Advancement Creative exists to produce art for the glory of God, for the beauty of the Church, and for the good of the world.

In the next few posts we’ll unpack what this means.


CURTIS WINKLE

Curtis is a writer, media strategist, and editor at A|C. He can't stand Tolkien, loves Lewis, and wants to be Chesterton. Curtis and his wife Emily have four boys, Damon, Luke, Cameron, and Henry.

Comment