The babble of Shinar (Genesis 10-11:9(
Apr27

The babble of Shinar (Genesis 10-11:9(

The 3 sons of the righteous one became many peoples, populating and filling the earth under the blessing they had received. Commonality was found by the one language and speech which unified the people through the mutuality of culture. The people made the move east and settled in the plains of Shinar, thus far being obedient by fruitfully expanding in accordance with the ordinance of God. But using bricks for stone and tar for mortar,...

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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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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 6
Apr11

Psalm 6

High King, I know you’re pissed, but PLEASE don’t yell… Don’t punish me wrathfully, they already did! HAVE MERCY!  I’m fainting, I’m fading my Lord; My bones are broken!  Heal, or I’ll die! My soul groans in agony, “How long, O Lord?” Turn back for me, King, to deliver me clean Rescue my life by your conquering Love I can’t remember you, if I should die How will anyone bring...

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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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Dangerous Spirituality
Mar09

Dangerous Spirituality

We have inherited a Western idea of spirituality that has trickled down into our worship.  “The spirituality we inherited, for all the richness and holiness it bred, is essentially for the individual. This spirituality puts the full responsibility for the search for God and for holiness on the person, though he or she is expected to need direction, and probably the structure of a life specifically designed to support spiritual search....

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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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A Theology for the Depressed Creative
Mar02

A Theology for the Depressed Creative

  One of the great things about a blog is that sometimes you can share your own personal deep, dark secrets with your readers.  I don’t have any deep and dark secrets to share today, but I do have a struggle.  Those who know me know that when I was 17 years old, I was filled with suicidal thoughts and experienced long drawn-out seasons of deep, dark depression and loneliness.  At that point in my life, I wanted nothing to with...

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Comic For Today’s Moment
Mar01

Comic For Today’s Moment

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. There are three types of people in the world. Those who dwell on the past, those who live in the moment, and those who stretch toward the future. God is a God of all these...

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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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Power Filled Worship
Feb21

Power Filled Worship

  An obsession with power fills our world.  Whether it’s through the dominance of a government system, the outrage of a murder in the streets, a catty fight in the school hallways, or gossiping words that malign a person behind their back, all of these pursuits tarnish people and the idea of one thing—power!   In our thirst to comfort ourselves and to make ourselves feel safe, we endlessly search for powerful masters that we...

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Thin Places
Feb16

Thin Places

Recently I read a book on Celtic Christianity called Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity by Tracy Balzer.¹ Balzer asserts that both pre-evangelized and Christian Celts recognized there are times and locations where the line between the physical world and spirit world become “tissue paper thin.” These are places where our soul suddenly feels a contentment and connection to God that is often obscured by the busy...

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