Is Your True Identity in Christ? Part 1

In working with artists and creatives, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with others about our true identify in Christ. (I wrote about this in another post, That Insatiable Longing) Asking myself where my true identity lies is a key question for my heart that needs constant attention and cultivating. Why do I ask myself this? The simple answer is that I want to have “a well-kept heart.” How we see ourselves and who we believe ourselves to be is a core matter of the heart because scripture tells us “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) Like others, I have this Adam-induced DNA that wraps my identity around my work, relationships and interests. God has another name for it…
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When You Can’t See Ahead

I’ve taken a break from blogging for the past several weeks as I have been focused on a film production and other writing projects. Jumping back in, I’d like to offer you this beautiful prayer from Thomas Merton, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th. century (and one of my favorite writers). I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with someone in need.

Whose Feet Are You Washing?

One of the most scandalous events leading up to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ is the washing of the disciples feet. Okay, as if it wasn’t enough for the Son of God to die on a cross, but washing feet? Com’on! Isn’t that getting a little personal? A little too intimate? A bit too close?

What sets Jesus apart from any other religious leader is not his death and resurrection (though that is key), but his willingness and humility to wash others feet. Who else does that?!*%

In our modern, shoe-covered society, we don’t really understand the enormity of foot-washing, do we? That is, the caked-on mud, dirt, grime and smell of walking along dusty roads. It was a servant’s job. Not the work of kings, royalty, or a suffering savior.

What was Christ thinking when He washed His friends feet? It’s a story worth exploring this Holy Week

How Extravagant is Your Love?

[W]ayne Forte is an exceptional visual artist and a good friend. He is one of the strongest biblical artists I know. His large figures convey a strength, power and beauty that captivate me every time I visit his studio.

His painting, Anointing His Feet, tells the story of extravagant love found in Matthew 26 and Mark 16.

It’s one of my favorite stories in the Gospels about wasteful extravagance. A redefinition of love. A holy twist. It’s two days before the Passover. Let’s pick up the story…

Neglecting Beauty? Consider the Lilies

[dc]L[/dc]ast month, I was walking in my garden and I had a bit of an epiphany: I am guilty of neglecting beauty. Before me were a whole bunch of beautiful, slender lilies. There they were growing and I had completely missed them. In the rush of life, I had forgotten the very things I find pleasure in: simple, beautiful elegance. (These lilies are in our living room…the most massive ones ever from my garden!)

Neglecting beauty is a sure-fire way to sail into the creative doldrums. All of creation shouts before us and we wonder why we’re in a creative slump? Perhaps we’re a bit distracted. I know I have plenty of good reasons and bad excuses to neglect beauty. To name a few…