video: http://www.todayschristianmusic.com/artists/lincoln-brewster/features/lincoln-brewster-forgiveness/ itunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/real-life/id394738343 story behind the song Lincoln Brewster’s latest album, Real Life, plays like an excerpt of a story written of pain, sin, redemption and forgiveness. Not surprisingly, Lincoln’s own life reads pretty much the same way. Here, he shares why forgiveness is at the heart of all his music… and essential for his plans to continue sharing the songs of his very raw, very real life. Handel’s Messiah and thousands of other monuments in the whole of humanity’s museum of art—and there is no question in my mind that whether or not a particular artist is asking God for inspiration (or even knows or loves Him), such inspiration surely does come from a Divine source. God created us in His image, after all (Gen. 1:27), and it stands to reason that we have inherited bits of His creative mind. What a dignity there is in that! About artists, Pope John Paul II said this: God therefore called man into existence, committing to him the craftsman’s task. Through his “artistic creativity” man appears more than ever “in the image of God” and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous “material” of his own humanity and then exercising creative dominion over the universe which surrounds him. –Letter to Artists, 1999 Whether I know it or not, the glory of God is revealed through my faithfulness to the gifts I am given, both in terms of talent and in moments of inspiration. This truth lends an irrevocable dignity to the human soul and to the human body—we ourselves are instruments of God, and He lends us His inspiration to share in the craft of beauty. LIncoLn BrewsTer real Life (Columbia records) Buy Real life on iTunes for $9.99 m u s i c i a n s c o r n e r CCM 49