THE THEOPHILUS PROJECT CONSISTS OF SONGS WRITTEN AND RECORDED BY ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS OF PILLAR CHURCH INSPIRED BY THE BOUNTEOUS WEALTH OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE.
Maybe you grew up with these stories, hearing them at the dinner table or at Sunday school, or reading them in the quiet of your bedroom. Maybe you've heard the preacher tell them, or your neighbor friend, or the character on that one T.V. show. Do you remember them? The story of the prodigal son. The dinghy tossed about in a fearful storm. The woman anointing the feet of the God-man. And so many about the Son of God himself, who was born of woman but was also God, who performed miracles and preached and died and rose again.
One of the most outrageous claims we make as Christians is that these stories are true. The divine has become united with the ordinary. It's a miracle that Almighty God got a body, an impossible and unprecedented thing; yet it has happened. For the sake of our salvation, now and forevermore, God meets his faithful people face-to-face. This is most true in the sacraments, baptism and communion, through which the church receives the grace of God. Jesus set these practices in place to unite the church with himself, to show his love for the church, and to call the church into faithful action.
Just as we, the church, are called to participate in particular sacraments, we are called to live sacramentally. We are called to live in such a way that our lives and work become offerings to God. Sacramental living means self-conscious, active participation in the unfolding of the Kingdom of God on earth. It is a worshipful response to God's mercy and also a missional hope–the stories need to be told–and thus intimately connected with the story of scripture. Ultimately, as in baptism or the Lord's Supper, sacramental living exists only with the expectation that the Holy Spirit fills our response with meaning.
Theophilus was made in an effort to live like this–sacramentally. The time we spent with the scriptural texts, with the songs as they emerged and grew to fullness, and the hours spent in the recording studio–all delightful experiences, by the way–came with the assurance that our work would be pleasing to the Most High. If there is anything we hoped to achieve by writing and recording this album and giving these texts new flesh, it is to make an offering fit for the sacramental life of the church. So please, take, listen, and worship.
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