Category Archives: Being Human

June 19

The Journey, Not the Goal

If you want to see some amazing paintings of the sea, go here. Marine artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky creates mesmerizing waves and seascapes and has over 6,000 paintings devoted to the subject of oceans. An article in “My Modern Met,” says, “What separates Aivazovsky’s seascape paintings from others is his ability to replicate both the […]

June 12

“Dance with My King”

©Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen I recently discovered a wonderful South African artist named Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen. One website explains her style and motivation: “She paints figurative portraits emanating innocence and hope that pay tribute both to her devotion to God and her belief in the intrinsic goodness of the people of this world.” Maria has no […]

June 05

The Wrestling Match

This striking painting depicts the story of Jacob wrestling with a mysterious stranger in Genesis 32. The stars in the background look down Jacob and the stranger, whose identity is hidden behind his garment. Jacob leans with all his might into his opponent, who has a hold of Jacob’s foot. Jacob’s face is buried in […]

May 29

The Divine Artist

This Sunday, May 31, is Pentecost when the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. It occurs 50 days after Easter, and the Greek word for 50 is “Pentecost.” The story as told in Acts 2:1-21 is that all the disciples were together when there came a sound like the rush of a violent […]

May 22

We Are All in This Together

This painting is done in the style of art called Cubism. You are probably most familiar with Picasso, who pioneered the genre. It was considered to be among the most influential art movements of the 20th century. In this style, objects are broken up and then reassembled in an abstracted form. Instead of depicting objects from […]

May 15

Peace, Be Still

When I look at this painting, I get a sense of calm. It depicts Jesus and his disciples after Jesus has calmed the storm. (Mark 4:39) You can still see distant thunder and lightening disappearing in the lower left- and right-hand corners. Jesus, in the red cloak, has his arms raised in such a way […]

May 08

All We Need

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6 When Jesus suggests a little, two-letter word, he stirs up much controversy. And that word is “is.” Many people get offended when Jesus says he “is” the way, the truth, […]

May 01

I Shall Not Want

Isn’t this painting gorgeous? It is called “The Beeches,” because it features beech and basswood trees, but I chose it because of the shepherd and sheep on their way down the road. One of the readings for this Sunday is the 23rd Psalm, and this painting illustrates the tranquil peaceful mood that is often associated […]

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 […]