Beyond a Felt-Board Faith

Ivan Mesa | March 21, 2016

“The Bible is not safe and neither is this book.” 

So argues Ned Bustard in Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups. Assembling both ancient and modern art—from medieval woodcuts to contemporary linocuts—Bustard wants to remove our rose-colored glasses and, instead of “cute cartoons of sweet stories,” offer gripping artwork “depicting well-known passages along with those shocking stories that are often hidden from view.”

In this interview we learn how art helps us read God’s Word better, the role of children’s storybook Bibles, what to do with R-rated parts of Scripture, and more.

How does depicting in art the unsavory and shocking stories of the Bible help us read the Bible better? 

I think most of us are comfortable with the Bible. So comfortable, in fact, that we’ve stopped reading expecting to see the surprising parts. We get so used to the parts of the Bible we’ve read before that we dismiss it in its entirety as tired and irrelevant to our lives.
Making art that shows the shocking bits helps remind us that God’s Word is wild and alive. Scripture isn’t safe. The Holy Spirit intends to use his Word to awaken us and help us reckon with ultimate reality.
Art which recognizes…

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