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March 15, 2020

I have often heard people use the words spirit and spiritual when talking about art and art-related topics, but I have rarely if ever heard anyone explain what the somewhat vague adjective "spiritual" actually means when it is used to describe art. As an artist who makes his living primarily by writing articles on theological subjects and teaching the Bible, I would like to share some things which validate the idea that art and the creative process are, indeed, spiritual. We are created in the image of God. There are several aspects of God's nature and character which He imparts to His human creatures, and one of those aspects is His urge to create. As a matter of fact, the very first thing the Bible says about God is that He created: "In the beginning God created..." In the Hebrew text the verb "created" actually comes before the subject "God," thus emphasizing the importance of the creative urge and the creative process.

November 24, 2019

It is a Jewish custom to recite a psalm before saying grace after meals. On the six weekdays, Jews recite Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged out harps upon the willows...How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" On the Sabbath, a different psalm is recited, Psalm 126: "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing..." These are two contrasting psalms. One describes the grief of the Jews who were carried away into the Babylonian Captivity, and the other

November 10, 2019

I don't know about you, but I want to be a star. Not a rock star, not a movie star, not a football star, but a star like the ones mentioned by the Prophet Daniel: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever" (Dan. 12:3). The Apostle Paul elaborated on this concept of the stardom of the saints when he wrote, "One star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead" (1 Cor. 15:41f). When Daniel and Paul likened the saints to stars, it was in the context of the future resurrection in the age to come. However, even now in this present age, we are supposed to shine like stars in this spiritually dark world. We

July 7, 2019

Joshua and Caleb are two Bible characters who really inspire me. These were two men who were willing to stand against the tide. They insisted that Yahweh could give them victory when everyone else insisted it was impossible. For readers who may not be familiar with the story, here is a brief summary. When it was God's appointed time for Israel to invade Canaan, Moses sent Joshua and Caleb and ten other spies to spy out the land. After forty days the spies returned and told the Israelites that it was indeed a land that flowed with milk and honey. They even brought back some of the fruit of Canaan--pomegranates, figs, and a cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carry it between them on a staff. A land that flowed with milk and honey, the spies said. But, they said, it was also a land inhabited by giants who lived inside great walled cities. "We're no match for them," said ten of the twelve spies.

May 19, 2019

The modern Messianic Jewish Movement began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when great numbers of Jewish people came to the conclusion that Jesus (Yeshua) was the Messiah foretold by Moses and the Prophets. In previous centuries, a Jew who came to faith in Jesus was expected to assimilate, and he normally did. He abandoned Jewish forms of worship and lived like the Gentile Christians of whatever church he happened to join. Unlike Jewish believers of the past, Jewish believers in the 1970s desired to retain many of the Torah practices which Jewish believers of previous generations normally abandoned. In the 1970s many Jewish believers started meeting together to celebrate Shabbat and holy days in a Christ-centered (Messiah-centered) way, and to worship in a Jewish context.

February 24, 2019

I have often heard people use the words spirit and spiritual when talking about art and art-related topics, but I have rarely if ever heard anyone explain what the somewhat vague adjective "spiritual" actually means when it is used to describe art. As an artist who makes his living primarily by writing articles on theological subjects and teaching the Bible, I would like to share some things which validate the idea that art and the creative process are, indeed, spiritual. We are created in the image of God. There are several aspects of God's nature and character which He imparts to His human creatures, and one of those aspects is His urge to create. As a matter of fact, the very first thing

November 4, 2018

It is a Jewish custom to recite a psalm before saying grace after meals. On the six weekdays, Jews recite Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged out harps upon the willows...How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" On the Sabbath, a different psalm is recited, Psalm 126: "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing..."

October 21, 2018

I don't know about you, but I want to be a star. Not a rock star, not a movie star, not a football star, but a star like the ones mentioned by the Prophet Daniel: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever" (Dan. 12:3). The Apostle Paul elaborated on this concept of the stardom of the saints when he wrote, "One star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection

June 10, 2018

Joshua and Caleb are two Bible characters who really inspire me. These were two men who were willing to stand against the tide. They insisted that Yahweh could give them victory when everyone else insisted it was impossible. For readers who may not be familiar with the story, here is a brief summary. When it was God's appointed time for Israel to invade Canaan, Moses sent Joshua and Caleb and ten other spies to spy out the land. After forty days the spies returned and told the Israelites that it was indeed a land that flowed with milk and honey.

April 22, 2018

The modern Messianic Jewish Movement began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when great numbers of Jewish people came to the conclusion that Jesus (Yeshua) was the Messiah foretold by Moses and the Prophets. In previous centuries, a Jew who came to faith in Jesus was expected to assimilate, and he normally did. He abandoned Jewish forms of worship and lived like the Gentile Christians of whatever church he happened to join. Unlike Jewish believers of the past, Jewish believers in the 1970s desired to retain many of the Torah practices which Jewish believers of previous generations normally abandoned.

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