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
Are You Anchored in Time and Space?
(This post was published at RelevantMagazine.com) Every once in a while a truth about God and his designs will come to light for me like a neon sign suddenly flickering on in the middle of a dark desert night. God flips a switch and reveals to the bleary eyes of my spirit some luminous concept buzzing and pulsating with color. … Read More
Going Through Tough Times? Here’s Some Encouragement
During a recent doctor’s visit my friend Bunnie was given 9 months to live. Most people would be devastated, but Bunnie went home, put on her glitter eyebrows and rabbit face paint, and went to work. Bunnie is a professional clown. She delights in bringing joy to anyone she meets. The ominous diagnosis from the doctors (lung cancer, round two; … Read More