December 2020

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Advent is the season where we discipline ourselves to slow down, resist the temptations of the glitzy consumerism of the premature Christmas season, and sit with the Hebrew prophets in the expectation of light that overcomes darkness. The pandemic has forced us into these practices, whether we wanted to or not. This season, I pray that you will be overwhelmed by God's hope, peace, joy and love as we light the candles that lead the way to God with us, Immanuel, this Christmas.


Light Your Own Virtual Advent Wreath

You can download a PowerPoint and Image pack that allows you to virtually light each candle of the Advent wreath (like the image above). Use it in your virtual worship space, on your social media sites, or just for your own enjoyment.
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The Drawing Through Luke Project is coming along nicely. CLICK HERE to view the progress. The Online portion is starting to take shape.
Preachers who follow the Narrative Lectionary are getting geared up to preach through the Gospel of Luke, beginning at Christmas. I plan to draw my way through the Gospel this year and create the third in the series of Graphic Novels for A Cartoonist’s Guide to the Bible. In these videos I’ll bring you behind the scenes to study the text and watch the artistic/scholarship process of creating this book…in real time.
You can follow the series on YouTube or on Facebook.
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From the Blog

How Good is Your Good News?

How Good is Your Good News?

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Who is 12 Minutes

Who is 12 Minutes

This 12-minute video gives a crash course introduction to Jesus. Who is he, what did he teach, and why does it matter.
Is God Punishing Us?

Is God Punishing Us?

Is God Punishing Us? Is God punishing us? Is God a vindictive, capricious character in an ancient story? How can the Jesus character of the Gospels, who taught love and peace, be related to the angry God of wrath in the stories of Israel? Have you ever asked these questions? They surfaced for me again this week through the convergence …

On the Art Side of Things

Spirit of the Earth

Spirit of the Earth

Digital painting. "Spirit of the Earth" Roots plunged into the ground, canopy opened to heaven, she holds it all in the balance.
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