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Come and See | the Graphic Novel

A fun thing evolved this year. It is my weekly habit to create some form of mind map whenever I study a text to preach. Honestly, I make one whenever I think about anything, because I am a visual thinker. Our lead pastor asked if I would make one for every week’s sermon topic, even if I wasn’t preaching, so that it could be included in our resource called the Grow Guide. I was happy to do so and have been doing it since last fall.

This year we jumped on the Narrative Lectionary to preach through the Gospel of John. I drew an image each week, but discovered that my images were evolving. The series in the fall was topical and drew from two or three different texts. Those images were very mind-mappy in nature, with primarily words and arrows. This series told a story. The images quickly evolved from being mind-maps to being more like graphic novels. By the end of the series I was having fun with page layout and figuring out how to tell the heart of the story with pictures and words.

These images were entirely created on an iPad Pro, in the procreate app, using an Apple Pencil.

The series is done, so I decided to post all the pages in one place. As you scroll down this post, enjoy the Narrative Lectionary selection of passages from the Gospel of John.

Would anyone be interested in having this as a printed graphic novel?


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  • Heidi Koschzeck April 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    This is awesome! I wish I were this visual. I think it would be a great help to a lot of people, especially as John’s Gospel can seem kind of abstract at times. Way to get concrete!

  • Andrew J. Schlecht April 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Awesome! Would love to see this as a graphic novel. perhaps it would be a good resource for confirmation.

  • Kanyanta Bwalya April 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm


  • Carol Hoopman April 5, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Normally, I’m one who struggles reading the comics, but this graphic interpretation was easy and entertaining to follow.

  • Andrea Brokl April 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I see kids at church drawing images like you are demonstrating at church, and it is amazing how they relate and hopefully internalize the message you share into their thinking, living, and (art-work!).

  • Barbara Keller April 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Would like to see this as a graphic novel and purchase one. Thanks for your wonderful talent. Dean and Barb

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