Over the last several years, my sketch book has become one of those personal, somewhat “sacred” things in my life. It has become my faithful companion, recording words, pictures, abstract shapes, emotions, truth, pain, practice, sketches of people at airports and on the subway in Prague. I’ve gotten so I hardly go anywhere without it […]
Category Archives: Blog
Various short writings, essays, thoughts, ramblings…
Development of an Artist
It struck me that people go through a number of stages/seasons/steps as they start to grapple with what it means to be an artist. These stages aren’t really well defined, and have a lot of overlap, but I think they still map a definite progression in both the individual’s understanding of their personal call to be an artist, and of how other people begin to see them:
One of the never ending discussion threads that I have run into time and time again is the ageless question of, “What is Art?” There have been countless minds much greater than mine which have wrestled with this question, and I strongly suspect that there is no complete answer to this question. So, I am not […]
Prague Stories: Lives Changed
One of the things you always wonder about when you go on a trip like this is, what, honestly, are the long term outcomes from all the time (and money) invested in this trip? Sure, it’s really great to be able to travel, to see other people, to expand our understanding (intellectually and spiritually) of […]
But, what does it MEAN?
One of the interesting things I’ve noticed when looking at art with some of my non-artist friends, especially when looking at more abstract art, is the tendency of those friends to ask, “But, what does it mean?” Now, in their defense, these friends really are trying to understand what they are looking at. They squint […]
Does Art Matter?
You may remember some of the stories from my trip with OM Arts to the city of Baja in southern Hungary in 2011. I wanted to share a story with you which I just heard a couple of weeks ago – one which speaks about the lasting impact of our short trip there. On that […]
After more than 35 years of prayer, the Lord blessed Sue and my desire to minister together in the Czech Republic. The outreach was sponsored by a local Russian speaking congregation and its young, energetic pastor. Pastor Oleg and the church had been working on planning this outreach for 1½ years. There were seven of […]
The Potter and the Clay
Did you ever think about who was the very first Potter? The Bible says that God formed Adam out of the dust. Not, it doesn’t specifically say this, but I have a feeling that He added a little water to the dust first so He could make Adam from clay! God is an artist. Look around and […]
The Veil is Lifted
On the first morning after we had arrived in Baja, Hungary, Bill Drake lead the OM Arts team in a short Bible study. To lay a foundation for our time there in Baja, he spoke from II Corinthians 5 where that apostle Paul speaks of us having a “ministry of reconciliation.” We are not to preach […]
Sometimes God uses something really small to give us a little glimpse into His heart. At the edge of the city of Baja, on the banks of the Danube, there is a small stone tower. A steep set of steps climbs along the outside of the tower to a small, circular platform at the top. […]
We got out the clay…
We had a “Spiritual Emphasis Week” here at the OM USA office, which involved a lot of time for team building and training… and just sort of mixing things up. Since OM has a substantial “Arts Link” department, they set up some tables in the main worship area with different kinds of art supplies, encouraging […]
Following The Potter in Moldova
One of my most precious memories of growing up is the time I spent summers at the local art gallery taking pottery classes. In the summer of 2010, I was able to share some of that joy with a group of children in rural Moldova.