Monday, June 26, 2006

It Rained

It rained hard today during worship. But, we made the best of it!

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Face of Forgiveness

Steve Katzmen went to take pics, he left having the pictures of his past, pictures of unforgiveness and deep wounds, erased. Jesus saved him and a book called The Face of Forgiveness was born. This book, was recently featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. "Responding with intrigue to a newspaper ad that pleaded, “Come to the Miracle Tent. Come witness the blind see, the crippled walk, the deaf hear,” photographer Steven Katzman, raised a conservative Jew, began photographing Christian revivals around his hometown of Sarasota, Florida. Katzman was then invited to visit the revival center of Christian America—the Brownsville Assembly of God, in Pensacola. There, Katzman found a pious evangelical community where God’s presence is constantly witnessed in the immeasurable force of the congregation’s expressions of religious ecstasy: the laying of hands, the screams and tears of joy and anguish and love as men and women are purged of suffering and sin. The congregation would rise to the point of collapse, lamenting and praying for those less fortunate in the world, being healed by the ever-present love of the faithful and the Lord. As Katzman peered through the lens of his camera, he also heard the desperate calls of the preacher: 'Faith has no religion. Do I hear an Amen?' Katzman found what no one had expected—his faith." Bill Johnson PowerHouse Books

"[Katzman’s photographs] are as striking and powerful as anything brought back from a Vodoun ceremony in Haiti, or a primitivist church in Sicily. Yet they make no pretense of the documentarian’s ethnological distance; they’re snapped right there in the midst of the action—in the center of the mosh pit, let’s say—and convey a raw, uncensored passion clearly indicating that the photographer himself has felt something of the experience that has swept these people up.” —New York Press