The Joy of Leaves

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Photo: Autumn Mott Rodehaver via Unsplash The last leaves are falling from the maple tree in the front yard this afternoon. Holdouts that refused to give up their grasp of the branch until now. I imagine that they were waiting until they could decide their style of final decent. There are so many to choose from; the flutter from side … Read More

CreativeChurch Arts Conference 2018 Update

Every couple of years I have the privilege of co-producing (through the New Renaissance Arts Movement) The CreativeChurch Arts Conferences, gatherings for leaders and artists who want to see creativity, beauty, imagination and the arts flourish in the local church.   These events are inevitably full of joy and creativity. Here’s a video recap of our conference at Saddleback church, October … Read More

Join Me for a Unique Creativity Event!

Friends, I’m really excited about the unique creativity conference that we’ve put together! If you are at all interested encouraging creativity and the arts in your local church please consider coming! Scott Saddleback Visual Arts and New Renaissance Arts Movement invite you the 2018 CreativeChurch Arts Conference and Retreat, October  18-20, 2018 at the beautiful Rancho Capistrano retreat center in … Read More

How to Overcome Suicidal Thoughts

By J. Scott McElroy (NOTE: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com. ) The world lost two incredibly talented and accomplished people to suicide recently, designer Kate Spade and traveling chef/TV host Anthony Bourdain. It’s a sad story that keeps playing out; successful, yet anguished artists who end their lives; icons like Hemingway, Monroe, Cobain, Williams, and too many more. The … Read More

7 Surprising Benefits of Sadness

(This article was published at Crosswalk.com) Is your smile feeling a little strained lately? Worried that your joy cup doesn’t always “runneth over?” You might be relieved to know that God doesn’t expect Christians to be “happy” all the time.  In fact, he fully expects us to experience sadness. I know, sadness is not a “positive and encouraging” topic. Nobody … Read More

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