Compassionate Experience in a World of Monologue

Matthew Langford General Thoughts, Music & Sound 1 Comment

Joseph Stalin’s censors were breathing down the composer’s neck, his city had been under siege by Adolph Hitler’s army for months in the midst of an agonizing winter, and artists close to him were being taken away to gulags weekly because their work did not “serve the state.” Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony during the horrifying 871-day siege of …

Caught Between Happy and Sad: The Anatomy of a Bittersweet Ending

Josh Gastin General Thoughts, Literature & Poetry 4 Comments

The best stories share a unique characteristic. It’s not a specific type of plot or a certain set of characters; what sets these excellent stories apart is their mastery of the bittersweet ending. This applies to more than just monuments of classical literature. Les Miserables and War and Peace leave the reader drifting in emotional limbo for days afterwards, but …

What I Learned from the Stunt World

Zoe Simek Acting & Stunts, Film & Video 1 Comment

STUNTS. You know, all the amazing action you see in television and movies that leave a lot of us feeling one of two ways: “How can a person actually do that?” Or, “Wow that would be so fun to do!” This summer, through what is only an act of God, I entered the stunt world. I went to a stunt …

Glorifying God through Secular Art

Zachary Osinski Faith & Theology, Music & Sound 6 Comments

There is a gulf in the Christian community between sacred and secular art and culture. Sacred music and art is safe to interact with — no chance of upsetting God or becoming too immersed in the world there. What the Christian community fails to realize, however, is that secular art and culture and God are not mutually exclusive…

Welcome to the Forefront Blog

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Welcome to the Forefront blog! We’re glad you’re here. The blog is just getting started, so check back soon for more posts! Click here to join the Forefront Artist Network, which will keep you up-to-date on the blog and give you access to a growing community of Christian artists. Or click here if you’d like to write an entry for …