Matthew’s Perspective of Power

Why did the disciples abandon Jesus on the night he was arrested? It is easy for us to stand back in judgement of them. We can be disheartened by their lack of courage and the fact that Jesus was left to face his greatest trail–alone. It is true that they were afraid for their lives… But maybe…

Jesus Calls Us to Love Each Other

The prophet Isaiah writes: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering.” ~ Isaiah 53:3 and the Psalmist David also spoke of his suffering in such a way that we can hear Jesus speaking these words: “You know [O Lord] how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all…

Feeling Unclean

We have all felt like we didn’t fit in with a certain crowd of people. They drive nicer cars or they like to talk about things that are out of our life experience. Real or imagined we tend to pull away from people like this because we fear we are just not good enough… But what…

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…