Category Archives: Being Human

April 24

Breaking Bread

A story from Luke 24 tells two of Jesus’ disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus. They were joined by a third man who wondered why they were so dejected. They explained to him that the man they thought would set Israel free had been crucified three days earlier. Their new companion […]

April 17

“My Lord and My God”

Once again, we’re looking at one of my favorite artists: Caravaggio. This large painting tells the story of the disciple Thomas who wasn’t around when Jesus first appeared after his death. Thomas wants proof; he wants to put his fingers in Christ’s wounds—then he will believe. Soon after saying this, he gets his chance. On […]

April 10

Thrust into the Story

“As they led [Jesus] away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.” -Luke 23:26 Sometimes you just want to be a bystander; someone just passing by. All you want to do is mind your own […]

April 08

True Image

  In case you haven’t been paying attention, I’m quoting Mark Batterson, the author of Draw the Circle, a lot these days. That’s because our church is using this book as our Lenten study, so I am writing reflections from what we read there. Mark talks about how many people have circled various things in […]

April 07

A Little Help from My Friends

I couldn’t decide between two paintings to illustrate the idea of a “prayer covering,” so I am including both. They each depict a story in Exodus 17. The people of Israel are on their desert journey when they are attacked by the Amalekites. Moses commands Joshua to take some men and engage in battle while […]

April 06

Jesus, Please Contend for Me

Did you know you have a God who will fight for you? And not just fight but contend. You see, the word “contend” translates to mean more than mere fighting. God is like a mother Grizzly bear protecting her cubs (physical combat) and like a defense attorney who pleads our case (verbal combat). God loves […]

April 04

Prayer Takes Chutzpah

Chutzpah—a Yiddish word that means, “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, and incredible guts.” Sometimes prayer takes chutzpah. To prove the point, we look at a story Jesus tells his disciples about a woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer. The story is called “The Parable of the Persistent Widow.” Deprived of her rights after her […]

April 02

Prayer Paradox

Prayer is a paradox, I think, because it is easy to do (just talk to God) yet it is also complicated, nuanced and deep. That is probably why so there are so many books and Bible studies on prayer. Mark Batterson, who wrote a book about prayer called, “Draw the Circle,” talks about this prayer […]

February 21

We Played the Flute for You and You Did Not Dance

This well-known painting is by the French artist, Édouard Manet. While on a trip to Spain, he became fascinated by a painting by Diego Velazquez, which inspired him to paint this iconic image. It depicts an anonymous regimental fifer of the Spanish army. Manet presents the uniformed boy against a flattened, monochrome background of a […]

February 16

Pass the Salt, please

Did you know there was such a thing as “Salt Art?” In 2016, creating art with table salt was all the rage. This work is by Mexican-born artist Rob Ferrel (pictured), who became one of the most prolific Salt Art artists. This art cannot be sold. It is made for the moment and then disappears. […]