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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