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Eric Bramlett: Just Say No

February 24, 2011

Just Say No

Doing a performance number during a Financial Series. Challenging people on the Biblical story of the Golden Calf. Used the song “Cash Cow” by Steve Taylor. I tell that story because of how important it is to take risks in our church services, in adventures, risks with our staff.

As an artist I understand it. Art and risk are closely related. When entering in the church world you find an aversion to risk. Interesting, risk is closer linked to faith than not. But what happens in our art in church is we develop something we like. (Doesn’t have to be traditional, it can be very contemporary).

We like it. And we hold on to it. We keep it safe because we know it works. Over time, we stop taking risks.

Before you know it, you begin to sanctify those safe choices. They may have been risks, but now we’re not taking those risks anymore because we know what works.It’s time for us, every weekend, to experience taking risks.  What does it feel like when your stepping into an environment and you don’t know if its going to work or not?

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever taken a faith risk that didn’t work? One that did work?
2. Explain in your own words the relationship between risk and faith.

How closely linked should that be to our faith journey? We are stepping out on faith and we’re trusting God with something and we don’t know what’s going to happen. When it comes to our art, and our artists, the closer we can connect faith and risk, the better off we are going to be. Some things may not work as planned, but in the end, it’s well worth the risk to tie that risk into faith.

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