TML Mission

The purpose of The Mountain Laurel is to produce a collection of prose, poetry, and visual art that is both technically sound in craftsmanship and creative in content.

The first act of God recorded is the act of creation.  Our goal enables us to reflect His own nature. The Mountain Laurel strives to demonstrate the creativity with which God has endowed humans as "image bearers" of His nature.

Art intends to capture universal human experience. In creating, the Christian artist faces the difficulty of portraying the human experience while conveying the truths of Christianity honestly, whether implicitly or explicitly.

In doing so, artists find it necessary to represent the realistic consequences of the fallen world, including evil actions and behaviors. In the same way, the artist must be consistent with the truths of Scripture, which include universal morality, the struggle between right and wrong, and the flawed nature of both good and evil characters. Embedded in these concepts are moments of grace where the character within the piece of art can choose to accept the redemption offered, delight in truth and beauty, or empathize with those experiencing suffering and pain.

By portraying the reality of both good and evil, the artist is able to mirror such stories and poetry as the book of Job, Psalms, and Song of Solomon.

In short, Christian art is not Christian because it refers to the Bible and teaches morality; it is Christian because it faithfully communicates through artistic media the nature of God, His creation, and people's experience in a world to which they don't belong.

This is the art and message we offer to readers of The Mountain Laurel, along with our prayer that God will use this publication to encourage, inspire, and redeem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Artists love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form, just as God created form out of chaos in Genesis. Forever unsatisfied with the mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, they always push on to newer worlds." Rollo May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman