October 12

Look Right Through Me

Édouard Manet is another one of my favorite painters. He was a pivotal artist in the 19th century who inspired many other French impressionists. This earned him the title, “The Father of Modernity.” The location of this painting is a cafe-concert called Folies-Bergère in Paris. The model was a friend of Manet’s named Suzon. She […]

September 27

Have Mercy on Me

This is sure a busy scene! The eye is not sure where to land, but that is the style of this artist, Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Yes, there was an elder—his father, of course. The younger Pieter was most known for making numerous copies of his father’s work, but he did some original compositions as […]

September 24

What Does It Mean?

At my church, I asked people to ponder the term, “Christian,” and whether it was used as an adjective or a noun in their life. I then invited them to respond to the question: “What does it mean to you to follow Christ?” Here are some of the responses I received: “Since you invited your […]

September 20

It’s About Time

    I love the lazy feel of these pictures. In a time when things are so rushed, they make me want to sit for a bit, ponder the day, and enjoy the beauty of creation. They awake the urge for childlike dawdling and play. When we do such as this, it is called “taking […]

August 30

The Open Bible

This is a painting by Vincent van Gogh that I had not seen before, and being a big van Gogh fan, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon it. As it turns out, van Gogh’s father was a Protestant minister, and some believe that this is his Bible. After his father’s death, van Gogh feverishly […]

August 16

“I Found It”

Today I thought we would examine Rembrandt’s “The Parable of the Hidden Treasure” since the idea of what we treasure has been our text in church for the past couple of weeks. Rembrandt is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and even if you don’t know art, you’ve […]

August 09

“But I’m Not Ready!”

The painting we are looking at is tiny, barely 6 by 5 inches. I can’t imagine painting such details so small. But sometimes big messages come in small packages.  In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the story about the rich farmer who had so much stuff, he had to build bigger barns. He was pretty pleased […]