“Stone by Stone”
A New DVD Teaching Series on the Arts by StoneWorks International Director Colin Harbinson
The ancient Jews saw their beloved city of Jerusalem taken apart by the Babylonians “stone by stone.” They were led off to captivity in a foreign land. God used the prophet Isaiah to announce freedom to these captives—they would be allowed to return home—but first, the stones that were blocking their way had to be removed. When they did finally arrive back in Jerusalem, the task that faced them was the rebuilding and restoration of their broken homeland. In a new nine-part video teaching series, “Stone by Stone,” Colin Harbinson explores some of the stones in the church and in the life of the artist that have prevented us from embracing God’s good gifts of imagination and creativity, and stones that have prevented us from bringing hope and restoration to the brokenness of our surrounding culture. He examines what it means to remove these stumbling blocks and to participate as artists in God’s restoration plan for his creation. The “Stone by Stone” curriculum, a joint venture by StoneWorks and InterVarsity 2100 Productions, is designed for artists and emerging artists who want to discuss how to connect their creative gifts with God’s redemptive purposes. It is ideal for university arts students, a small group of artists within a church, and members of a music group, orchestra, or dance/theatre company who meet for worship and devotions. The accompanying Study Guide can be used for both personal reflection and small group discussion, and the DVD set includes bonus video material showing Christians engaged in the arts in different contexts, a Leader’s Guide in downloadable PDF format, and a trailer that can be used for promotional purposes.
“Colin Harbinson has done all of us in the artistic world a great service by creating the ‘Stone by Stone’ series. He speaks with great authority for two reasons. First, he knows what Scripture says about God’s intent for the arts better than anyone I know. Second, Colin has lived what he talks about, as a creative artist and as a producer and as a teacher. He has seen God do for artists what the Bible says He wants to do! This discussion series is truly unique and I expect to see the lives of many artists changed through experiencing ‘Stone by Stone.’”
—Dick Ryan, National Director for the Arts, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
“‘Stone by Stone’ provides an invaluable resource for my undergraduate visual arts majors, introducing them to questions of artistic practice within a Christian worldview. The themes Colin Harbinson addresses in the DVDs and the questions in the Study Guide go right to the heart of the key issues for any Christian student pursuing the arts: questions of identity, individual discipleship, relationship to the church and to the culture, the language of the arts, and much more. ‘Stone by Stone’ is as rewarding in an academic context as it is in a professional, ministry, or church-related setting.”
—Dr. Melissa Hause, Associate Professor of Art History, Belhaven University