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.”

Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell

“God’s presence affects everything in my life, but—beyond whatever talent God gave me—it’s difficult to narrow anything down to a single facet of life, e.g., creativity. Some things that I write—”Views of the Cross,” or “King of the World” for instance—are overtly religious. More of them have a religious component, sometimes nearly hidden. I don’t know that any of them are totally without something that comes from my faith.”

Clear, humorous, factual, interesting, engaging. Those descriptions came to mind as I got to know Chuck Holmes. But those aren’t quite enough. 

In the best of ways, Chuck truly is a vendor or words (as Augustine and Malcolm Muggeridge described themselves.) Chuck says he has made his living “putting one word after another for more than 50 years.”

I’m grateful that Chuck took the time to put some words together for this interview… Continue reading “Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell”

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”

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?”

What does God-led Creativity Look Like?


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


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

We are God’s creation, his poem, his work of art. We’re carefully, lovingly created and formed for his exquisite pleasure and our deepest joy.

We’re created and formed for God’s purpose. His purpose is always good, although sometimes it does not feel that way. Continue reading “What does God-led Creativity Look Like?”

How has God Built You?


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


Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
   my soul knows it very well.

God has made each of us unique. Special. One of a kind. Each of us has something no one else has. And each of us has something the world needs. Continue reading “How has God Built You?”

What is the Connection between God and Creativity?


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


What does God think about artists? Does he care? Does he even notice?

If everything was right, if we could clearly see the brushstrokes on the canvas of the created world, then the first words of the Bible would inspire endless creativity, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Continue reading “What is the Connection between God and Creativity?”

Does God Care about Your Artwork?

Does God care about your artwork?

He does.

Everyone expresses themselves creatively. It can’t be helped. It’s one of the things we’re born to do. It’s part of what the Bible refers to when it says we’re made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:26.)

An essential part of God’s nature is that, beyond all possible imagination of abundance and diversity, he’s creative (Genesis 1:1). We reflect that part of his nature in the abundance and diversity of our art, music, movies, etc. The difference is, God creates out of nothing. We, at best, “borrow” any material we can find and repurpose it. As Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Continue reading “Does God Care about Your Artwork?”