“It’s smooth sailing all the way with God of the Angel Armies.” – Psalm 84:12 (MSG) Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book – The Purpose Driven Life – claims that in order for any individual or organization to achieve success they need a picture, or symbol, that captures the essence of their mission. If […]Read more "The Spiritual Significance of the Sailboat"
“Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Over Spring Break our family visited The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri. How incredible it was to learn about how much these delicate creatures can accomplish in the […]Read more "Butterfly Joy"
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you…may He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose… Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” – Psalm 20:1, […]Read more "Response to Local Church Bombings"
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not […]Read more "Flourishing in the Desert"
“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.” Psalm 95:4Read more "Wordless Wednesday – Mountain Sunset in My New Hometown"
A piece of flash fiction using only 4-23 words? It sounds crazy, but this is exactly what our judge over at Christian Flash Weekly has challenged us to do, using the Scripture below as inspiration. I love the way the Bible uses the image of the bride to represent the way God views the church, […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Greatest Gift”"
“A falling star!” Excitement filled Jin’s voice as he pointed at the midnight sky. His two young companions lay beside him in the grass, gazing at the glittering stars overhead. “Hurry – we must make a wish,” Hui whispered reverently. The friends closed their eyes. “I wish for the strength of a thousand men,” Jian […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Price of a Wish”"
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Frida Kahlo While strolling through a modern art museum one afternoon, I suddenly stopped and cried, “Why are all the paintings in this room of this crazy lady with the unibrow?” Laughing, my wife took me by […]Read more "K: Frida Kahlo – The Beauty and Danger of Self-Examination"
While I was working on my master’s degree in music, one of my professors told us something that I thought was incredibly profound. “If you’re going to survive as artists,” he told us solemnly. “You’re going to have to become masters at reinventing yourselves.” I took this advice to heart, and it has served me […]Read more "H: Handel’s “Messiah” and the Art of Reinventing Oneself"
I love examining Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait with my fine arts students. They’re always amazed at the complexity of the painting, and how many small, intricate details come together to create the sense of beauty and awe that has led to such world-wide recognition. What is it about the Mona Lisa that has […]Read more "D: Da Vinci and the Most Beautiful Woman Ever Painted"