“A visually-oriented culture needs a visually-oriented church if it is to evangelize effectively and to give the congregation a culturally up-to-date experience.” – John E. Skillen From the beginning, great art has always been inspired by religion and religious ceremonies have been greatly enhanced through worshipful art. It is a relationship which simply makes sense, […]Read more "Putting Art (Back) In Its Place… A Book in Review"
Photo Credit: Hope by Martin Grommel We’re officially three weeks into the school year, and things have become more hectic than ever. After losing two school directors in four months, having the school vandalized, and having a water line burst and flood one of our buildings in six inches of water, it’s been a […]Read more "Finding Hope in the Darkness"
“Stand firm in the LORD” – I Peter 5:9 Our market-driven culture has trained our hearts to be discontent, and most of us will spend our lives constantly trying to dream more, to do more, and to be more. We all fall into this trap. While our efforts to succeed may very well motivate us […]Read more "Steady Standing"
“Everyone deserves a defense. Every person matters.” – James Donovan, “Bridge of Spies” The walk across the Bridge of Spies is a journey worth taking. You could even say that it is a journey every human being must take, as the film leads us to reflect on questions that are certainly worth asking. Do all […]Read more "Film Review – “Bridge of Spies”"
(Photo Copyright: Rich Voza) One breathtaking photo. 100 well-chosen words. The following story was submitted as part of Friday Fictioneers – a weekly fiction contest for writers to hone their skills. Find other entries by visiting https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com Final Sunset “THEY’RE COMING.” Her text message bounced onto my phone’s glowing screen, causing me to choke on […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Final Sunset”"
“So, what’s it like to be a foster dad?” It’s a question that has worked its way into many a casual conversation since my wife and I joined a Foster-to-Adopt program. Well, let me help you with this. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine the following… – You send your toddler to “time out” […]Read more "Foster Dads – I Salute You!"
“The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” – Dr. Jack Finch, “Go Set a Watchman” I remember whining when my mother forced my siblings and I […]Read more "Book Review – “Go Set a Watchman”"
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Gma,” I found myself saying as I settled into the dark sedan. My grandmother couldn’t answer, of course, because she was lying peacefully in a coffin at the back of the car. I was given the honor of preaching at my own grandmother’s funeral about two weeks ago, […]Read more "The Art of Remembering"
“I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.” – Grace Wesley, God’s Not Dead 2 My family had to drive two hours and across the state line to find a theater that was playing God’s Not Dead 2. We made the drive, […]Read more "Calling All Christians: The Warning of “God’s Not Dead 2”"
The year was 1952. A hush fell over the crowd as the infamous composer, John Cage, stepped into the concert. The crowd held their collective breath as he sat at the piano. And then…nothing. John Cage sat in silence for precisely four minutes and thirty-three seconds (thus the name of this notorious piece – […]Read more "Listening – The Key Ingredient to Prayer"