In preparation for Palm Sunday, I shared A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week. The painting I focused on is the central panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grunewald in France, in the year 1515. Grunewald was commissioned to depict Jesus in a way that was uniquely relatable to the patients of Isenheim, … Continue reading A Restorative Work of Art for Easter
The unexpected always seems to happen when you least expect it. Deep, huh? There I was, slogging (and whining) through my civic duty, when I met a new friend who just happened to be a curator for my favorite museum in Tulsa. I was fortunate to not only make a new art acquaintance, but also one … Continue reading A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week
The word Advent means “arrival.” For centuries, Christians have used the weeks before the celebration of Christmas to prepare and anticipate the arrival of the Messiah, the Anointed One. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Anointed One arrived. Advent is also a season to remember Jesus’ promise that He is coming back again. Christians most likely … Continue reading The Art of Advent
When God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac to the top of Moriah so that he might sacrifice him before the Lord, it probably seemed like God was just like the other "gods" of the ancient world. The ancient gods of Mesopotamia were erratic, bloodthirsty, obsessed with sexuality, and always focused on self-appeasement. Human … Continue reading This God is Different
One of my favorite artists is the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. While many of his paintings are way too risque, his perspectives often challenge my thinking about reality. The painting below, Son of Man, is an interesting take on how sin and selfishness obscure our view of the real world God has for us. I … Continue reading What is Sin?
There are some things in life that pause the entire momentum of our schedules and force the swirling inertia of our multi-tasked lives to stop -- and behold. They can even take our breath away. In my adult life, I have found such experiences to be more prevalent within the chambers of a good museum. … Continue reading ‘He Careth’ – How a Painting Makes Providence Come to Life