Dear Rich

(Part of my series Letters to Dead People) Dear Rich, It was twenty years ago today that you left this world for our Father’s house. A car accident of all things (is that what you get for wanting to “go out like Elijah”?). I didn’t know at that time, nor would I have cared. In…

Dear Vincent

(Part of my series Letters to Dead People) Dear Vincent, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. It’s not surprising, really, since you’re my favorite painter. Your works are on four walls in my apartment (hopefully more soon). I have several books of your paintings and sketches. I have a small figurine of you…

The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

I was talking with a coworker recently. An English major when he was in college who loves writing stories and reading Dostoevsky, he is now studying at the seminary in order to hopefully plant a church overseas someday. We spoke of stories we liked and environments that seemed to inspire us, like gothic buildings and…

Why Christmas is for Tragedy

When we forget that the child born in a lowly manger is our triumphant king who undoes this present darkness, we can easily be overwhelmed by the darkness.

Vivian Maier: Photography’s Van Gogh?

Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings never sold during his lifetime.  Although Vincent’s works were purchased from him by his brother Theo, who owned an art gallery in Paris, Theo was unable to sell any of the paintings in turn.  Only after Vincent’s death did his works ever sell, and Theo’s widow was the first to be…

New Images of the Fujimura Gospels

Renowned abstract artist and writer Makoto Fujimura has recently posted an update regarding the illuminated edition of the Four Holy Gospels (English Standard Version) being released next year by Crossway Books & Bibles.  “The leather-bound bible will feature five new large works and dozens of smaller ‘letters’ paintings as drop caps,” all by Fujimura, the…

Why We Need Art in a Recession

Carolyn Arends, a Christian folk singer-songwriter I first encountered a decade or so ago when I heard her cover Rich Mullins’ “Jacob and 2 Women” on a tribute album, has written a great piece for Christianity Today entitled “Saying More Than We Can Say: Why the Arts Matter Even During A Recession.” Arends expresses a…

Coming Up

Because of the thoroughness in many of this blog’s articles, posts might not always be as frequent as some of the other blogs you frequent.  Simply put, this site is more about content than quantity of posts.  I am incredibly excited about the last few weeks here, and I want to keep you abreast of…