“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” – Lady MacBeth, from “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare In one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever penned, Lady MacBeth tries to cleanse her hands of blood, even in her sleep. Though she and her […]Read more "O – “Out, Damned Spot!”: The Lady MacBeth in Each of Us"
I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth; My one ambition in life is […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Our Greatest Ambition"
“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"
The planned scope of the paintings will combine into a kind of contemplative space for people to encounter God for themselves. I can’t wait to see them. – Michael Frost, Author, Morling Theological College, Sydney This project takes the viewer on a visual journey of God’s love and sacrifice, his faithfulness and mercy, juxtaposed with […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Michael Henderson and the Living Art Project"
Celebrating Work Happy Labor Day, everyone! This is a day set apart to reflect on the work of our hands, to rest from our daily toil and labor, and to celebrate the way God has blessed our work. Of course, work is typically something we dread, not something we celebrate! But if we look to […]Read more "A Theology of Work"
Today is National Adoption Day, an event which took on new meaning for us as we finalized the adoption of our two children this morning! Words cannot describe what it felt like to stand before the judge and hear him pronounce us a forever family, with all the rights and responsibilities this entails. This […]Read more "Adoption Day – A Glimpse of Heaven"
Stalked by Fear: Part I He used to tip-toe into my room at night, grabbing me by the throat until my breath came in short gasps. My heart would beat wildly against my chest as I listened to the clock tick-tick-tick the hours away, the stench of his breath making it difficult to breathe. For […]Read more "Stalked by Fear: Part I"
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” William Shakespeare, As You Like It I have often heard people compare life to theatre. Unfortunately, this connection often leads to the false assumption that […]Read more "T: True Theatre – My Life in Three Acts"
Walk into any downtown area and start talking about the arts, and a stampede of bystanders will rush over, ready to be entertained. Mention the Gospel, however, and defensive walls are immediately raised. In our entertainment-driven culture, we have to face facts: generally speaking, people are just more interested in the arts than they are […]Read more "7 Easy Ways to Bridge a Conversation from the Arts to the Gospel"