- Sam Mahlstadt
When it comes to creativity, it's important to understand that nothing is created in a vacuum. Every creative burst, every problem solved...it all comes from somewhere. Some pay homage to the Muse, and others claim evolutionary progress. But we all have a deep sense that the creativity which propels us through life is indicative of something bigger than ourselves.
As a person of faith, I see the driving force behind all creation as the Creator of the heavens and the earth. As we see in Genesis 2:7, the same breath that spoke the universe into being has been breathed into humanity. God's message in the garden is to join him in the work of creation. Throughout the Scriptures, we see God use man time and time again as the vessel in which he blesses, restores, and heals nations. In Jesus, we are given an open invitation to join God in the renewal of his creation. In the Easter story, we are pulled in even further as the resurrection power of the holy sprit is poured out on men. We are now ushers of the new creation, as we are a part of God's Kingdom breaking in to our current reality.
If the Creator God has breathed life into us, and called us into the unfolding story as co-creators, it is imperative that we explore our role in the story. We can only begin to understand who we are in the grand narrative by understanding the nature of God, and the relationship between us, his creation, and him, the Creator. I wrote Creative Theology in an attempt to understand the impacts we observe in creation’s interaction with its Creator. In both creative triumphs and the daily mundane, we are forming a body of work that should be reflective of our relationship with the Creator. But we must first understand our relationship before we can understand the reflective body of work we are creating.
My aim is to lead us into a conversation about the Creator, and how we may respond, as his creation. I’ve heard that the best teaching is someone thinking out loud to others. The book, at its best, is me thinking out loud to you. The book was written in such a way as to begin the conversation, but not end it. I don't tie up loose ends and send you on your way. I open the conversation and introduce a few concepts. The book is only successful if you pick up those conversations and continue the dialogue.
Sam has worked with churches, building ministries to reach the 20-30 age group, as well as building web and live experiences. He has preached in churches that reach from 35 to 2,000 per weekend. He recently wrote his first book, Creative Theology, which explores the relationship between faith and creativity. You can read his blog here.