Being. Happy and Fortunate.

Sometimes, particularly after a bad experience, I wonder how God’s heart must break from all the evil that we do to each other. The harm, hate and abuse we pour into each other. It’s bad enough what this does to us, I can only imagine God’s pain from seeing it.

There was a particular horror that Jesus experienced. God brutally murdered. Judged and executed in full public display. 

Jesus’ father forsook him, his friends either denied or betrayed him, his community rejected him. He experienced all of the pain and misery, harm, hate and abuse that we’ve suffered. This means he understands and can relate to us.

The resurrection of Jesus means he’s overcome all of the evil. The sting of death has been removed. The table is now set for joy. Continue reading “Being. Happy and Fortunate.”

Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative

 

One of the benefits of computer artificial intelligence (AI) is that it gathers together the collected knowledge of the computers that have come before it. AI comes pre-loaded with any knowledge we want to place in it.

In addition, AI tests, learns and grows. It constantly takes the information it, and other computers has learned and integrates that knowledge into its memory and algorithms.

So, what does this have to do with human creativity? Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative”

Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks

God has placed us in a universe in which creativity can flourish. A virtually limitless palette to draw from as we go beyond imagination.

But due to a variety of factors, our creative output sometimes declines. What detours can you take around roadblocks to improve your creative quality and quantity?

Here are some questions you can use for self-coaching. To get the most out of the questions, be sure to either write down your answers or have a friend ask you. Continue reading “Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks”

Ambient Guitar, Chapman Stick & PBass Meet for the 1st Time!

I recently visited my friend Bill Vencil, the ambient guitar whiz at Chords of Orion.

I had dusted off the Chapman Stick and brought it with me. Even though I had some concerns about playing it well, Bill rolled the tape and posted the result at his YouTube channel.

That’s Bill’s son, Nathan, on his Fender Precision bass.

And It Is Wonderful

“Starchild” from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Psalm 139:13-14 says…

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

This portion of Psalm 139 is about God and us – in that order. And it is wonderful.

Biblically, God is always the initiator. In verse 13 of this Psalm, God forms us. This combination of creating and giving life is intrinsic to God. It’s who he is. Continue reading “And It Is Wonderful”

Re Sonnet 73

It’s hanging on the wall. The Fender Jazz Bass my father gave me 40 years ago.

It’s a beautiful instrument, capable of such depths of tone and feeling. It has its quirks. The strings are set a bit too high. It takes forever to reach the lowest notes.

Continue reading “Re Sonnet 73”

How will You Live as an Artist in God’s Presence?


This is the last of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.


If our chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever, then the purpose of our art, and our life as an artist, is to enjoy God.

Glorifying God and enjoying him. One leads to the other. This doesn’t mean that every moment of our artistic life is a sugar high. Enjoying God is the slow, steady build-up of knowing that being in his arms is the right place to be.

Creating art knits our heart to God. This reality is certainly one of the reasons that creativity is a spiritual battle. This battle, this struggle, manifests itself in a variety of ways, many of which creatives are quite familiar with. Continue reading “How will You Live as an Artist in God’s Presence?”