Creative Ministry in Tragic Times

We’ve just experienced a national tragedy in Orlando, the worst of its kind to date; another confirmation that violence and terrorism seem to be on the rise worldwide. For most of us this is at least mildly distressing, even though we may be thousands of miles away. How should a creative Christian respond? I work with artists and churches to … Read More

Faithful Creativity

I think it may be human nature to take beauty for granted after we’ve seen it a few times. At least that’s the case for me. Take sunsets for example. These live-painted masterpieces in the sky can become just another barely noticed moment in a busy day. But when I make an effort to pause and watch—even for a few … Read More

Why Your Family is More Awesome Than the Roosevelts

I got somewhat addicted to Ken Burns’ fascinating series The Roosevelts on PBS recently. It chronicles the life and times of the famous family, focusing on the irascible 26th President, Theodore, and his niece Eleanor and cousin Franklin, the 32nd President, as well as their children. I find it inspiring that a family had such an effect on our country and the … Read More

I’m a Fan of God’s Creativity: Clouds

“I gotta say, I’m a fan.” This was my spontaneous reaction recently when I noticed the breathtaking cloud formations from the window of an airplane  gliding over the California desert. A little prayer of acknowledgement for the astounding imagination of the Creator, my God and my friend, whose Holy Spirit stirs in my chest at the recognition of his brilliance … Read More

When Unmet Expectations are Part of God’s Plan

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J. Scott McElroy I felt God drawing me to Isaiah 53 during quiet time today. I’ve read that passage many times and honestly wasn’t very excited about going through the suffering and sorrow and punishment again. I had hoped that God would lead me to something “positive and encouraging”, the kind Christian radio stations promote, minus the blandness. After reading … Read More

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