A Great Advent/Christmas Book

This is my first book which features the art and music that has surrounded the Nativity story for generations. Currently 57% discounted price on Amazon, this is a good time to pick-up copies to prepare for an Advent class or personal reflections during the Christmas season. From Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and much more, these…

Grief Work – 1 Emotional Noise

In those earliest days after her passing, I can only describe my feelings towards God as a sort of “white out” effect. Try as I might, I just couldn’t feel his presence in my life.

We Shall Rise Again

by Adam Nettesheim I was flipping through an art history book and this painting caught my eye. Resurrection depictions invite emotion, certainly, but this one in particular met me today in a unique way. The times we are living in feel like a fulfillment of Christ’s warning “In this world you will have trouble“. There’s…

Stones of Hope part II

The Sculpture As the pilgrims approached Chartres Cathedral, they would begin to see an experience the stories of the Bible as told through sculpture. There are some 10,000 carved statues within and without Chartres. These statues, as one would expect, portrayed favorite characters from the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible and together…

Bridges

I love this painting. It has always been a part of my life because my mother had a reproduction of it on the cover of a cookie tin we got for Christmas one year. High Art! And so it has always been a treasure among her things. Vincent van Gogh must have been captured with…

Follow the Leader

As a Dad I get pretty worried about how I’m doing. I wonder if I’m equipping my kids enough to inherit the every increasingly scary world that’s outside our door.

Gloria: Moses & the Israelites

Life is complicated. There are miss-communications and power struggles; hurts feelings and bruised pride and sometimes we find ourselves wondering in a desert of despair… What can we do when the dark voices inside our head are raging and we struggle to find the strength to attend our regular worship services? The following blog series…

Remain: A Lesson of Life

Remain:  A Lesson from the Life of Van Gogh’s Postman Friend contributed by Adam R. Nettesheim How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! ~ Psalm 133:1 “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”  Recently, our family…

GTA Advent Journey Day 12: The Mission

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This painting by Raphael is from the High Renaissance and demonstrates a perfection of…