Transformation from the Inside Out (Blog Tour 2016)

I noticed these beautiful flowers spilling out of a neighbor’s yard as I went on one of my early morning walks last week. The flowers of the butterfly bush, name this as they attract these transformative beauties into your garden, are one of my favorites and I thought an appropriate image for Ryan’s blog below. May we all…

Church Inside Out (Summer Blog Tour 2016)

Summertime makes us slow down and take stock of where we are…where we have been…where we are going. I have really enjoyed learning to sit on my front porch and these beautiful flowers have been a delight for my heart. I hope you are enjoying these kinds of peaceful moments as you re-energize and re-dedicate your…

The Joyful Sound: Facebook Live Event

I will be celebrating the official book launch of The Joyful Sound: Reflections on the Life of Christ in a Live Facebook Event on Sunday Evening June 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST. (5:00 p.m. pacific:) Please join me as I give tips on how to start and build your sacred arts library with  great resources I have used over the…

Developing Your Picture

 One of my favorite childhood memories is of the week I would spend each year at Bible camp. It was a chance to be away from home in the beauty of Yosemite and make new friends while studying the Bible and learning all kinds of new songs…I loved to learn all the songs. And this…

Does Jesus Silence Our Questioning?

If you stopped any one of us in the street you would soon find out that we all have our own personal and private dramas. Within every phase of life there are always uncertainties and we all have to get up every morning to face the unknown. Because of this we might at times just find…

Pictures of Faith

From the earliest days of our Christian heritage, people have been expressing their faith through imagery. These pictures became tools of their devotion so they might focus their thoughts on a humanistic vision of Jesus. This image from the 2nd century, illustrates beautifully early Christian’s love and devotion to Mary. Through her, they connected more deeply to Christ’s humanity and in the process found little pieces of themselves…

A Study in White

Purity-Innocence-Peace-Soft-Silence L’innocence, oil on canvas, 1893, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 100×52.5 cm, private collection. (image source Wikimedia Commons) Just a quick hello to say I have completed the first draft of my new book and am hoping to be able to publish The Joyful Sound: Reflections of the Life of Christ in Art and Music sometime late spring…

Two Socks

Because I am involved in several different projects that fill me up with great delight, I wanted to simply share with you two things that came colliding into my awareness this week. First I revisited one of my favorite movies Dances with Wolves.  I was once again transported into another time with the beautiful score…

Jesus and How We Imagine Him

Where do you find Jesus? By that I mean, how do you picture or imagine him in your mind’s eye? Have you ever thought about your process? or does this seem idolatrous to create an “image” of Jesus even in the privacy of your mind? The stories we find in the Bible are filled with…

Helpful Tips for Planning Lessons and Carols Services

I over heard my first “holiday dread” conversation this week, in the grocery store check-out line. There seems to be a universal call for relaxing the pressures and social obligations that come with this time of year. However,  I would like to encourage you into the front lines with these few words: Your Christmas service can be the most important,…