Freedom in Worship: Jesus We Love You

A few years ago, I heard a worship leader spontaneously say worship can be compared to writing a love letter to God; singing pre-composed lyrics and the main melody can be lovely, like giving a beautiful greeting card to the one you love. But adding your own variations within the song– by humming, making up phrases of thanksgiving or praise, or singing your own little prayer that mingles with songs of […]

Painting The Word

I would have been in sooo much trouble with my Bible teacher for this, back when I was a kid! I suppose some people might think painting on a Bible is disrespectful, or somehow damaging or vandalizing the Word of God. But I prefer to think of it as choosing a cover, just in a more hands-on, […]

Big Scary Decisions, and The Voice

I got a new Bible this week. It’s “The Voice” translation, upon referral of an artist friend, as if I didn’t own enough Bibles already. Upon my first reading just now, I am gobsmacked by the strong, clear voice of a Dad who loves me to heaven and back. You might not know this, but I have this […]

Glory in the Goodbye

This past Sunday, we at our church received the news that our worship pastor will be leaving his position as our worship leader, and his wife leaving her position in the children’s ministry, sometime over the next few weeks. Our worship pastor assures us it’s not because of any kind of sin done either by them or […]

Introducing a New Art Ministry School

First, a Short Video… Here’s a peek into our art ministry (art family!) which summarizes what we do pretty well. Watch this 700 Club video feature about VineArts, which has been ministering through visual art since 2004. This was filmed in the fall of 2014. CBN headquarters heard of us and wanted to come check out […]

He Loved Through Art: Esau ‘Mark’ Kessler

I want to tell you about a longtime VineArts leader who now inhabits heaven. His name is Mark Kessler, also known as Esau. In my last post I wrote how Mark’s early departure has deepened my understanding of this limited time that we have to create. Today I want to tell you about the heart of this man, and how […]

Time To Create

This is my first blog post without my friend Mark Kessler in the world. He was 48. I remember he tried to teach me how to blog in 2007, at a workshop with 4 students. I think I was just learning the word “blog,” while Mark was running several websites like […]