Meeting An Old Friend For the First Time

Meeting and Old Friend for the First Time by Adam R. Nettesheim Last Spring Jennifer and I spoke at “Harbor”, the Bible Lecture series at Pepperdine University. It was a wonderful to be in Malibu California and to see Jennifer again and to explore the conference together. We were honored to present a session called…

GTA Advent Journey Day 20: Immanuel

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,’ (which means God with us.) ~ Matthew 1: 22-23 quoting Isaiah 7:14

GTA Advent Journey Day 19: Prince of Peace

GTA Advent Journey Day 19: Prince of Peace Without Jesus at the center of our being our hearts can become crusted over with hardness  imprisoning us with chains of fear and doubt. Yet the key to unlock the door is within our grasp. Nothing is impossible, only our pride shuts our prince of peace out….

GTA Advent Journey Day 15: Holy Grail

Renew your picture of our God who is love and is seeking each of us. Yes! the “Wise Men” brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus, but their greatest gift to him was their presence….and by their presence we are changed as they bring the world to worship the new born King.

Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion

Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion  How would you paint the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? There are so many versions of the scene and I think when we look at the work of another artist, we can get so caught up in trying to figure out what that artist is saying that…

Finding God in Nature

Recently, I went to visit the American Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington DC. There were many beautiful examples and I was struck by the work of Fidelia Bridges 1834-1923 who lived in Canaan Connecticut. She found the beauty of small things in nature. Known for her “microscopic details” and as William Trost…

Praising God: Sabbath Rest

I had the pleasure of attending an exhibit on Saturday that featured many of the paintings of American Pre-Raphaelite artists. This painting by Thomas Charles Farrer was one that really captured my imagination… Mount Tom, 1865, Thomas Charles Farrer, 1839-1891, oil on canvas, 15.9 x 24.2 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Image Source…

The Art of Letter Writing

This year, for my New Year’s resolution, I decided that I would look for ways to revive some “old school” ways. I wanted to lay down my cell phone a bit more and break the horrible addiction of checking for emails and comments…to simplify things and relish the slow lane of life a little more…

Praising God: The Cloudscape

A dear friend of mine and a fellow blogger posted online that he was suddenly becoming more aware of how important it is to spend time in praise of God. And I thought “wow! amazingly simply but very profound.” and I am resolved to spend more time in praise. I hope to encourage you in…

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em:  A Reflection “The Card Players” painted by Paul Cezanne’s by Adam R. Nettesheim “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk way, know when to run!” – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers Plainly said, I see in this painting two gentlemen…