Psalm 7

[an Evasion of David from Cush to the Lord] O despot, harborage I dock in you Stall them, aid my break-out of this pursuit For if they catch me, who can salvage me? They will surely ribbon out my flesh. Dear God!  If I have painted evil’s hue, These hands of mine stained red, in vain pollute. If war’s now waged ‘tween peaceful friends and me Or I have now unjustly robbed my foe Then let each one soon snatch me, stamp...

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How Jesus Uses Art
Apr20

How Jesus Uses Art

Have you ever thought of Jesus as an artist?  Think about the rhythm of the Creation account at the beginning of Genesis.  The God of the entire universe bent down over the dust of the earth (raw material), scooped it up as a potter takes clay, and began to form and shape it.  He then breathed his message of truth, life, and the way into the lungs of Adam, and God’s very own masterpiece came to life.  Not only is humanity a work of...

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Washed Clean (Genesis 6:13-9:29)
Apr18

Washed Clean (Genesis 6:13-9:29)

The Lord lamented the corruption so present widespread across the earth, He was determined to have people set apart pursuing righteousness a people after His own heart, there was only one, Noah. Instructed to build an ark a container to contain the mighty power of the Lord and the waters which would baptise the earth cleansing from its surface the stains of a people bent on wickedness, for a second time creation paid the price for...

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Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create
Apr12

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

Given the objective Truth of the Gospel never changes, the PROCESS of evangelism is much more about helping people encounter Christ than it is explaining Christ—and ARTISTS are some of the most powerful God-designed servants God uses to create the environments wherein people experience the God-desired fruit of evangelism—people reconciled to God through the work of Christ. In fact when we emphasize explaining over encountering God’s...

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Psalm 5
Apr04

Psalm 5

A painter once gave his ear to his love give Yours to my words O Lord. Grant me the chance to sigh Listen for my helpless calling, crying “My King! My God!” To You I speak this eve pre-noon, I wake, I see the sun Lord, You overhear me, my first sound I stir. My voice unveils my needs To You. And there I linger, eager, serene expecting… You really don’t enjoy evil, do you? Wicked live nowhere near you,...

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Listening
Mar30

Listening

One of the most valuable (yet most difficult to practice) skills I have developed as a writer is to listen. The act of listening is hard. It takes a lot of self-control. It means squelching the arguments and justifications that jump readily to mind when someone is dissecting or critiquing my work. This is because listening requires  the most strenuous of all virtues: humility. Humility says, “This thing I have created is very dear to...

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Pride (Genesis 3)
Mar28

Pride (Genesis 3)

The carers of the garden, entrusted guardians there were two, Adam and Eve. Able to eat the fruit of any tree except one, for if they ate of this fruit they would know things that only God knew and they would no longer be free. But this tree caught their eye and they believed the lie of the crafty snake, ‘Did God really say?’ They believed there was another way, besides the one they walked with in the cool of the day. See...

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Effective Evangelism Needs Artistic Expression

Evangelism that works is more than just spewing ‘correct’ biblical information; correct?  (Things like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 & 10, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8.)  Certainly, the objective realities of these revealed truths must be present.  But their presence does not guarantee that the one(s) being evangelized will come to faith. Effective evangelism needs artistic expression:  the imaginative rearrangement of human metaphors, symbols...

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Alpha and Omega (Genesis 1 and 2)
Mar07

Alpha and Omega (Genesis 1 and 2)

Alpha, the first. Before there was, He was. Uncreated, infinite, without beginning or end, outside of time and space, limitless and without constraint. He began His work: He stretched out the heavens and sculpted the earth, giving form to the matter and shape to His works. Light and darkness, night and day, the parameters of the universe He set in place. The vault between the waters, the expanse separating the heavens above and the...

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Wandering (Genesis 4-6:12)
Feb28

Wandering (Genesis 4-6:12)

Aimlessness beset the chosen, purpose and direction severed – the consequence of their betrayal, separated from the one who gave them life and would continue to give them life, without Him who walked with them they wandered the land, wondering why they went awry. Wickedness was on the rise, a brother turned against his brother – the one who saw favour in the Lord’s eyes, this act of jealousy he disguised concealing...

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Psalm 3
Feb23

Psalm 3

O Lord, count for me my foes!      How many arise! I hear whispers      “God won’t rescue him.” breathe… But You build your castle around me, O Lord      You douse me with your light, and lift up my weary head I cry aloud to the Lord      And I hear his answer from Holy Hill peace… I pass out, asleep      I awake on my own, for the Lord upholds me I fear no hundred thousand      lines surrounding me...

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Feb22

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. We don’t often see the dangers that lie in front of us, and this humorous graphic reminds us to Dive in Prayer, lest we Dive into Danger. Give this comic away to someone...

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Comics for Faith and Culture
Feb15

Comics for Faith and Culture

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. God’s creation reminds us not only of his goodness and love but also of his sound judgments. Whether people acknowledge God or not, God still “reigns.” This...

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God’s Story

According to Robert Webber in a book called Ancient—Future Worship, “Worship does God’s story.”¹ By that, Webber means that worship is a narrative of cosmic proportions, “worship gathers to sing, tell, and enact God’s story of the world from its beginning to its end.”² This means Christian worship leaders and gathered Christian worshippers need to have some familiarity with the basic storyline and plotline of the Bible. The storyline...

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An Interview with Charlie Hall
Feb13

An Interview with Charlie Hall

When Charlie Hall began in his late teens leading music and writing songs, he realized very quickly that he knew very little about guiding God’s people as a Shepherd. He didn’t know what worship leading even meant. Today, Charlie Hall still believes God is birthing something new in him even though he’s been leading music in Baptist, charismatic and de-churched settings for 25+ years. For much of his ministry Charlie admits struggling...

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Psalm 2
Feb09

Psalm 2

  Tell me why the nations scheme!   Why do the citizens scam with pride? kings grip their swords   And committees rally   verses the Lord   and his anointed. “Splinter their chains,” they say   “And shatter their shackles.”   Laughter bellows from heaven’s throne   The Lord sneering at ants on the floor Red-faced, he chides them   and they scurry away at his voice “I’ve stationed my king...

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