Writing Evil
Oct12

Writing Evil

Whenever I introduce myself as an author, especially to someone who knows I’m a Christian, the question inevitably comes up, “So do you write cheesy Christian fiction? Or do you write normal stuff?” Unless the person is beautifully blunt, the question won’t be this direct, but it’s implied. And it always punches me in the gut. But I know exactly what they mean. Growing up, I was only allowed to read Christian fiction or classics. With...

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Parables of Christ: Day Seven
Oct05

Parables of Christ: Day Seven

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Six
Oct04

The Parables of Christ: Day Six

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Five
Oct03

The Parables of Christ: Day Five

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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Parables of Christ: Day Four
Sep28

Parables of Christ: Day Four

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Three
Sep26

The Parables of Christ: Day Three

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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Art and Reason
Sep07

Art and Reason

Baumgarten, in the middle of the 18th century, working from a mind set based in the thinking of those in the Enlightenment and Renaissance, wrote a book called Aesthetics in which he differentiated between things in the world that come from clear knowledge and those that come from feelings. This work introduced a divide into how we think about art and reason. What subtly formed from Baumgarten’s work forward is what philosophers like...

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Marriage | A Work of Art
Aug08

Marriage | A Work of Art

Marriage is a creative work! Creativity is a marriage! I’ve been pondering this a lot lately in regard to what God has to say about the Art of Marriage in the Scriptures. Our artist, Yahweh, and our Lord God, in the opening scene of Scripture, bursts into darkness to create light; land and sky; and all creatures and creepy things. This includes us, and all of our creepy neighbors who live next door. All of creation originated in the...

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1 John 3:16–Hallow Men
Jul25

1 John 3:16–Hallow Men

 This is the way we know love is This is the way we lovers give This is the way we know love is     Not with a bang but a giver   This is the way we know love gives This is the way, no other is This is the way the world begins     He who was slain played the giver.   We are today, We know love is Our lives we lay, we also give Brothers repay, but we must end      Not with a bang but a...

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1 John 3:10-15
Jul18

1 John 3:10-15

Don’t do right? Don’t be of God. More than ever If wronging your brother Who does right? Told from all-start To another Love, love, love Don’t be Cain of Evil One, Killing brother– To what point and purpose? Why Abel? Why kill brothers? Cain lived, ill works (Right Abel’s right) Don’t startle When Cains hate you. (We know we’ve bypassed Death unto living) We love brothers– (That’s...

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1 John 3:7-10

Little kids, be artless, be not naive Listen not to the scoffer’s deceiving tongue. Only right-doers are right, For he who is righteous never does wrong See only wrong-doers are wrong For he known as devil can’t sing our new song From the get-go he sinned, and ever will sin For this God’s Son was unmasked in God’s Play Destroying the works of the devilish one. Those begotten of God never “will sin”...

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Art in Christian Missions
Jun29

Art in Christian Missions

Jesus Makes… In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called his disciples to follow and promised them that He would “make them fishers of men.” The Greek word for make, poieō, has some interesting implications. This word can refer to authorship, production, construction, formation, fashion, commerce, and even performance. In the same way that John the Baptist “prepared”—poieō the way for the Lord, so was Jesus planning to prepare these seemingly earthy...

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1 John 3:3

All who hope in this All who trust in this Truth All faithful in faith In Him, in him, within Purifying, as He is pure Purified,...

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Winston Churchill on Creativity
Jun01

Winston Churchill on Creativity

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.¹ Amongst his numerous writings and teachings can...

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Evangelism, Imagination, and Artists
May25

Evangelism, Imagination, and Artists

No one can believe anything they can’t imagine!!  That reality intimately makes artists and evangelism go together. But what about the importance of the content of evangelism, one might ask?  Most of you reading this blog agree with me about the content of evangelism:  it IS—the objective, existing reality of GOD, the loving work of Christ through which we access the Gospel, and the energizing of His Spirit empowering the Gospel.  ...

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Four Window Wonders  (Proverbs 30:18-19)
May09

Four Window Wonders (Proverbs 30:18-19)

Other than two Aspirin, last night murdered me I awoke, grabbed some tea   Stepped into the study, ready to write Sitting, I teared up, glancing out   About our backyard, about the fields Then it all whisked away   Washed away my ribboned eyes from blue to white    from night to light In that wash of purity   In that veil of tears I lost grip of my desk   My pen fell from my hand I left   Though I didn’t mean to leave I left...

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