“Psalms & Beauty” (Podcast Review)

“Sometimes we think anger is the energy that brings about social change, and anybody who needs social change would understand and be sympathetic to anger, of course. But to think that behind that is a thirst for something beautiful…for the angry person’s family, for their group, for themselves, for the world. At the end of the day, the new heavens and the new earth are overwhelmingly beautiful—spectacularly beautiful—on some level.”        KEVIN ADAMS

Curious Church Podcast
by Granite Springs Church
Ep. 8: Psalms and Beauty
Jan 15, 2017

Curious Church Podcast is created by the ministry staff at Granite Springs Church in Lincoln, California. They use this podcast to explore and ask questions about the church, worship, and Scripture. While this podcast comes out of their specific context in northern California, much of the content is accessible for all Christians—both spiritual novices and veterans. Each episode is structured beginning with fun segments and followed by their curious conversation.

In this episode, hosts Matt Timms (Associate Pastor), Aaron Antoon (Music Director), and Sam Gutierrez (Associate Pastor) are joined by Dr. Kevin Adams (Senior Pastor) for a conversation about Psalm 27 and beauty, based on Kevin Adams’s chapter “Transforming Beauty” in his book 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms. Particularly, the hosts discuss the captivating quality of beauty, citing the words of Simone Weil and Jonathan Edwards, and wonder what it means “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4 NIV). From there, they explore how beauty—rather than anger—fuels social justice and change.

If you are looking for a primer on beauty in the Christian life or are curious about beauty and social change, this episode is for you.