Monday, April 30, 2007

Christians Vs. Christ Followers

In the 1970's, Kids in the ghetto wanted to be rich. They saw rich people who could afford to play tennis wearing Fila and started buying Fila tennis shoes and clothing. As soon as the rich people found out, they stopped wearing Fila. We are all looking for an inner circle. The problem- one minute your in and the next minute, your out.

In college, a few of us wore Dr. Martens to identify with the working class and to differentiate ourselves from “everyone else” (it was the late 80’s). We created inner circles by changing shoes. Many followed. Sometimes you can create an inner circle by drawing your own.

When I worked with the disabled and retarded, we would go through phases, calling folks who were retarded, clients, participants, members. The hope was to try to erase prejudice and stereotypes by changing the use of words. The disabled where scorned, looked down upon and kept from the inner cricle of life. We thought changing vocabulary could fix things. Sometimes your out of the circle, no matter what you say.

Funny how we are always moving into and out of accepted circles. PC or Mac? Which cricle is cooler

Check out the videos below. They are pretty funny, very satirical, and make a point about the growing distain that some churches have for Christian subcultures and the ghettos they form. In the videos below, the contrast that is being made is between "Christians" and "Christ followers." The contrast here is informal vs. formal, modern vs postmodern, dorky vs. hip etc. Is all this just another form of my circle is better than your circle? What do you think?

I’m a Christ Follower (Part 1)


I’m a Christ Follower (Part 2)


I’m a Christ Follower (Part 3)


I’m a Christ Follower (Part 4)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mac Vs. PC Vs. UK Vs USA


Ok, just to complicate things (because it’s fun to complicate things once in a while), now we can not only obsess over what kind of computer company is better, or best, but which country does the best ads about which computer is better, or best. Like to make it really complicated, you might like PC’s better than Macs, but you might like the Mac ads from the UK that make fun of PC’s better than the Mac ads from the US that make fun of PC’s. Or you might like the US Mac ads that Make fun of the PC, but use Lenux. Anyway, both computers that are made fun of, and not made fun of, can do pie charts and can be used on vacations and stuff. So have fun. Today. With your movies and pie charts and other things that you like to do on your computer.



Saturday, April 28, 2007

We Need More Good Soldiers!

Where are all the men? My hunch is that the third millenium is going to see the emancipation of the sissified church. Things have become so hard in the mainline that men will either step it up and triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil, and lead their wives and families into safety, or they will wilt into emasculated coach potatoes.

One man who is telling it like it is is Mark Driscoll. Mike Clarkson, who works with me as a pastor at The Church of the Cross, here in Bluffton, brought this punchy video (produced by Driscoll) back from the 2007 National New Church Conference. It was shown to the 1500 in attendance but then banned because Bill Hybels criticised Mark for not being inclusive enough. According to Mike, the women seemed to be pretty supportive of Mark. I beleive they are tired of being alone. At any rate, ReformedAnglican fully supports Mark. In an attempt to give Mark the Voice he deserves, here is the video in full. I hope the whole world sees it.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Urban Legends Have Zero Integrity

I received an urban legend this morning. It contained the speech that Darryl Scott (a parent of one of the children who died at the Columbine High School shootings) gave before a special committee after the Columbine shootings. The tragedy of this urban legend was that someone took his words and then painted a picture of him speaking before a large gathering of government leaders about not letting prayer in schools. The legend then accuses the media of preventing his words from being heard by the world.

The reality was that he and a small group of other "experts" and witnesses met before a small committee and gave testimony. Several papers around the country featured it.

The sincere words of a grieving father have been turned into propaganda. Now, in the face of the Virginia Tech shootings, someone is trying to tout Scott's speech as something he recently addressed to the leaders of our country. Isn't using false propaganda to discredit the government and the media a poor witness to the world?

Here is the E-mail

KEEP IT MOVING AND IN DOING SO, GOD KNOWS WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART!
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.

The following is a portion of the transcript: "Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. "The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart. "

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. "As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!


My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!" Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech.. Please send this out to everyone you can. God Bless

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Leaving Home Going Home

When life is good and easy
I don't think of heaven too often
But often
When the weight of the world
And the darkness of the fall
Rest heavy on my heart,
I think about going Home
Even as I make my home
Among the strnagers of this world
Some day
He will take us Home
And all will be well
No more dying
No more lying
No more crying
No more sighing
No more trying
To wrestle with darkness

All will be light

Check out this remix of Stakka's Disappear by, My Brightest Diamond

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sufjan Stevens

I first heard about Sufjan Stevens when I read Body Piercing Saved My Life, by Andrew Baujon. The book was great because it was written by a non-Christian who reviews music for a living. Andrew has good radar and can smell cheesy music from a mile away. When he encountered Sufjan on his tour of the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) scene, he realized that there are a good number of artists doing work today who do not fit the CCM mold. Sufjan, Beaujon realized, is a master and is producing incredible music. He just happens to be a Christian. If you have not yet experienced Sufjan Stevens, do so as soon as you can!

Chicago


I fell in love again all things go, all things go drove to Chicago all things know, all things know we sold our clothes to the state I don't mind, I don't mind I made a lot of mistakes in my mind, in my mind you came to take us all things go, all things go to recreate us all things grow, all things grow we had our mindset all things know, all things know you had to find it all things go, all things go I drove to New York in a van, with my friend we slept in parking lots I don't mind, I don't mind I was in love with the place in my mind, in my mind I made a lot of mistakes in my mind, in my mind you came to take us all things go, all things go to recreate us all things grow, all things grow we had our mindset all things know, all things know you had to find it all things go, all things go if I was crying in the van, with my friend it was for freedom from myself and from the land I made a lot of mistakes I made a lot of mistakes I made a lot of mistakes I made a lot of mistakes you came to take us all things go, all things go to recreate us all things grow, all things grow we had our mindset all things know, all things know you had to find it all things go, all things go you came to take us all things go, all things go to recreate us all things grow, all things grow we had our mindset (I made a lot of mistakes) all things know, all things know (I made a lot of mistakes) you had to find it (I made a lot of mistakes) all things go, all things go (I made a lot of mistakes).

The Gift of Worship at Jacob's Well

I pretty much spent ten years preparing to pastor a church. It went something like: do ministry, read books, listen to thousands of sermons, study the bible, serve on leadership committees, learn design theory, help widows and orphans, listen to worship music, read the bible, teach on Christ and culture, read the bible, write a ton, jump through a bunch of hoops hoping not to be squashed by the institutional church, go to seminary, read the bible, lead youth, worship a ton, collect amazing worship songs, write papers, answer deep questions, get rid of addictions and idols, read the bible, go before the bishop and his friends, study study study, graduate, get ordained, get a job and then serve as a deacon for six months before I can officially become an ordained presbyter.

Along the way, one of the very special things I got to do was to discover new music and then share it with others. I have always been a voracious music listener. Music is essential for my soul. I need it to worship God. I find Him in the music, in the lyrics. So, when God spoke to me in music, I would collect the song and promise that when I was leading worship as a pastor, I would share the song with others. I have done this for the past ten years. In that time, I have derived great joy in seeing songs that have been hidden to many people revealed: U2’s 40, Third Day’s Agnus Dei, Adam Again’s I Remember You, Jennifer Knapp’s Jesus Loves Me, Waterdeep’s Holy, and Kenny Meeks We’re Gonna Rise, etc..

This week in Church, one of our guys, J. Howard Duff, did Kenny Meeks song, We’re Gonna Rise. It’s a Blues Song and it is so soulful. I have only been waiting to share this song for four years. Unfortunately, I did not get to hear it. I am in Kansas City MO this weekend.

To my surprise, I got to hear some amazing new music this morning in worship while visiting Jacob’s Well. Jacob’s well is a community of Christians who are expressing their love for God and the world in powerful ways. Their worship leader, Mike Crawford, was generous enough to give me this morning set list:

Opening Worship
We should Sing a New Song- Mike Crowford
Horse and Rider- Mike Crowford
(These two songs from Mike are laden with illusions to Scripture, very sing-able, and kind of EMO.)

First Set
I Know the Plans- Unknown
Amazing Love- Chris Tomlin: they did a slowed down Newsboys version
I Could Run Away- Enter The Worshi

Communion Music
To Be Alone With You- Sufjan Stevens
Made to Worship- Chris Tomlin
Benediction- Unknown

What was so great about the music this morning was that Mike and the Jacob’s Well folk seem to have a strong intolerance for cheesy music. Hence, there were no stock “Jesus is my Girlfriend songs,” no overproduced CCM ditty’s that made me want to check out and go home, and two of the songs were folk (meaning they come from the Jacob’s Well Community). The sets fit well with the sermon and moved us into a real place where we could hear God and experience the Gospel.

During communion (which was a bit weird for me because they didn’t use any words of institution or give us any instruction), we did Sufjan Stevens amazing song, To Be Alone. It is worth hearing this powerful song:



To Be Alone With You




I'd swim across lake Michigan
I'd sell my shoes
I'd give my body to be back again
In the rest of the room
To be alone with you
To be alone with you
To be alone with you
To be alone with you
You gave your body to the lonely
They took your clothes
You gave up a wife and a family
You gave your ghost
To be alone with me
To be alone with me
To be alone with me
You went up on a tree
To be alone with me you went up on the tree
I'll never know the man who loved me





Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Wineskins for Global Missions Conference

We spent twenty four hours at the New Wineskins for Global Missions Conference this week. It was great to connect with friends and family from around the globe at this conference. For more than thirty years, orthodox Episco-Anglicans have been gathering for the New Wineskins for Global Mission Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

After perusing the conference, I noticed that as a community, we are still working out of the same framework for reaching the lost that was dominant in the twentieth century.

We are not in Kansas anymore people.
I would suggest that Anglicans living in the third mill consider moving into three new areas and away from three old areas of thinking about how to reach a lost and dying world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

First, I believe that we need to make the shift from being mission-minded and begin to realize the need for all Christians living in the third mill to become missional. Second, we need to make the shift from reaching the globe to realizing that we are experiencing a phenomenon that is causing us to become a global village due to the technologies that have arisen in the last 15 years. Third, we need to move from working in an enlightenment context (using Evangelistic tools that were effective in the enlightenment) to being able to frame the Gospel in a context that will be able to allow post moderns to hear and understand the Truth of Scripture in the third mill.

Missional or Mission Minded
I was struck at the way that the New Wineskins Confernece as a whole is still talking about the need to be mission-minded. Do not get me wrong, I am all for missions, from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). The problem, however, is that many Christians today fail to realize that Christianity is no longer the dominant position for most people living in Western Culture. Since the 1960’s, America has been moving farther and farther away from the Christian capital that it fed off of before Christendom became a corpse. 30 plus years later and we can only see dry bones. We are now living in a post Christian world. We do not have a dominant position in the present culture. We also do not have a biblically literate population or one that understands the Gospel in any significant way. We are a Post Christian nation. Because of this, we need to turn our focus back to the context in which we live from day to day. Your neighbors, my neighbors, from coast to coast, need US to reach them if we are to have any future impact on the world. We need to shift from being mission-minded to being missional. Being mission-minded says that we are going to think about lost people and place our time, talent, and treasure into reaching out beyond ourselves- to the ends of the earth. This is good if you have already reached those in front of your nose. However, since the world we now inhabit is lost, we have a responsibility to become missional in our everyday lives. The way we live in our homes, schools, communities, and churches needs to shift from simply thinking about supporting missions and missionaries to becoming missions and missionaries- to our own culture. This needs to begin in our own lives and then in the lives of our wives and kids and then our neighbors and then our country and then the world. To be missional is to assume that no one around me knows anything about the Gospel. To be missional is to reframe the way I do my work as a pastor so that I, and those who follow me, can reach a lost world, right in my own zipcode. When the 29910 are being reached, then I think it will be time to reach those in other zipcodes. Remember, I am not saying that it is either local or global. Instead, I am saying that it is first local and then global. One must proceed out of the other in order for us to be successful. Hundreds of Churches across the United States are becoming missional. The Main Line needs to get in line as well.

Global Missions or Missional in a Global Village
Secondly, I think we need to make the shift from being into Global Missions to being Missional in a Global Village. Anglican Christians are in every part of the world. Through blogs, websites, cell phones, and e-mail, our lives are being connected with brothers and sisters from Egypt and Fairfax, to Kampala and Pittsburgh. The globe is shrinking due to technological forces that are at work in our lives. People groups whom we once targeted to hear the good new of Christianity are now beginning to dominate the world scene as biblically literate believers. Archbishop Akinola and company are not in need of our mission efforts as much as they are in need of becoming our partners. The enlightenment is over, Christendom is dead, and a colonial mentality that says that we are going to go help out the poor Asians and Africans is no longer plausible. We have brothers and sisters around the globe who think and act as biblically literate believers and ironically they are better suited at this time to reach the globe and to reach us then we are. In a sense, we have lost our place at the global table and until we, as a culture can get our proverbial act together, we are going to be of little help to our Anglican brothers and sisters around the globe. Because they know and live the Gospel, they are powerful allies who we can help us to return to being a biblically literate culture. In the meantime, we need to live alongside of and partner with global Christians in a missional way in the Third Mill.

From the Enlightenment to Postmodernity
Third, we need to get far more serious about shifting from doing ministry in an Enlightenment context and begin to discover missional methods for communicating the Gospel to post moderns. We presently live in a world where people’s beliefs are a hodge podge of ideas gathered through a gazillion different sources. Gone are the days when people relied on the tried and true presuppositions of the Enlightenment: we live in a closed system, man is good, progress is inevitable, and empirical methods and technologies will provide a salvific future for us if we continue to perfect our methods. By and large, our culture has given up hope that there are absolutes or givens- we have given up on the notion of Truth. Hence, we need to take seriously the need to help people discover the God of the Bible, who offers us more than just a little story that we patch together and hope for the best. We need to look for ways to help post moderns recover the HUGE story of Christianity and the God of TRUTH. In order to do this we need to realize that most postmoderns have lost the tools by which many people in early eras went about choosing Christ. Postmoderns are so debilitated in their ability to think and reason and understand the Biblical categories of truth, justice, sin, atonement, eternity, hell, final judgment, and notion of unity over diversity, that we need to do a complete overhaul on the ways that we present the Gospel to postmoderns. Many of us in the missional work of the church here in the United States have found that most of the old ways or methods of presenting the Gospel, need to be reconsidered so that postmoderns can grasp the never-changing Truths that God offers us in Scripture.

I think that the Evangelical orthodox wing of the church is stuck in the enlightenment era of doing missions as an exetension of Christendom when the reality of our lives is that we are now living in a post Christian, Post Modern, Global Village that will require a whole different set of assumptions about how to engage the Gospel and a whole different set of methods to pull it off.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

An Easter Sermon

Author: John Chrysostom (347-407)

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary from fasting?
Let them now receive their due!
If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their reward.
And those who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let them not be afraid by reason of their delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
The Lord gives rest to those who come at the eleventh hour,
even as to those who toiled from the beginning.
To one and all the Lord gives generously.
The Lord accepts the offering of every work.
The Lord honours every deed and commends their intention.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!
First and last alike, receive your reward.
Rich and poor,
rejoice together!
Conscientious and lazy,
celebrate the day!
You who have kept the fast,
and you who have not,
rejoice, this day,
for the table is bountifully spread!
Feast royally, for the calf is fatted.
Let no one go away hungry.
Partake, all, of the banquet of faith.
Enjoy the bounty of the Lord's goodness!
Let no one grieve being poor,
for the universal reign has been revealed.
Let no one lament persistent failings,
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death,
for the death of our Saviour has set us free.
The Lord has destroyed death by enduring it.

The Lord vanquished hell when he descended into it.
The Lord put hell in turmoil even as it tasted of his flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, were placed in turmoil when he encountered you below."
Hell was in turmoil having been eclipsed.
Hell was in turmoil having been mocked.
Hell was in turmoil having been destroyed.
Hell was in turmoil having been abolished.
Hell was in turmoil having been made captive.
Hell grasped a corpse, and met God.
Hell seized earth, and encountered heaven.
Hell took what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see.
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are cast down!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life is set free!
Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead.
For Christ, having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Christ be glory and power forever and ever.
Amen!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Whether Pink or Purple, Beware of Panthers!

Sometimes life can be frustrating. You work hard to faithfully do your job and find that in the midst of it, things are being undone behind you. Remember the first Pink Panther cartoon. It features a hard working man who is trying to paint his house blue. Behind him comes a Pink Panther who wants to paint his entire house Pink! After I watched this old cartoon, I realized why I never liked The Pink Panther. Here is this poor dude who is just trying to work hard at painting things blue. He loves blue. Without his even knowing what is going on, in comes a Pink Panther, slick, sneaking, hiding behind the scenes. And there, seemingly before his eyes, the Panther comes in and turns everything Pink, no matter how hard he tries to paint things blue. In the end, The Panther gets its way and the poor faithful guy ends up with something he doesn't want and can't live with; a pink house. Man, watch out for the Pink Panther!






Wednesday, April 04, 2007

To Be a Man

Rudyard Kipling
If
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Greatness Sermon Series Comes to an End

The LORD is a great God. I once had a professor say that the whole Bible is about proving God's greatness. Part of God's greatness is His ability to create and elevate man to his proper role of being a creature that gives God glory and who then lives in a way that reflects the greatness of God and the greatness of man as a creature of God. I believe that we were made for a life of greatness. In Genesis 12:2, Abram is called out of “everyday life” to a life of greatness. God says to Abram, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Since the day Adam and Eve ate the ancient apple in the Garden of Eden, God has been working overtime to restore the greatness of man to its original luster. He comes to Noah to restore the greatness of man. He comes to Abram to restore the greatness of man. He comes to Moses and then to the prophets and Kings of old and his intention, echoed in those amazing words that were spoken to Abram, is always this; God wants to restore us to a place of greatness. This series will explore an episode of God’s quest to restore the greatness of man through the lives of Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David.
The Book of 1 Samuel online

HANNAH
Greatness: Hannah's Faith- 1 Samuel 1:1-23- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: Hannah's Prayer- 1 Samuel 1:24-28; 2:1-11- Jay Slocum.mp3
SAMUEL
Greatness: Samuel's Calling-1 Samuel 3:1-21- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: Samuel: A Nationa's Loss and their Yes and No to God-1 Samuel 8:1-22- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: Samuel's Dedication-1 Samuel 12:1-25- Jay Slocum.mp3

SAUL
Greatness: Saul the Hiding King-1 Samuel 10:9-27- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: Saul the Violent King-1 Samuel 18:1-12- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: Saul the Fallen King-1 Samuel 15:10-25- Jay Slocum.mp3

DAVID
Greatness: David The Humble Boy-1 Samuel 16:1-13- Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: David and Goliath- 1 Samuel 17:33-50-Mike_Clarkson.mp3
Greatness: David Spares Saul- 1 Samuel 26:1-25-Jay Slocum.mp3
Greatness: God's Promise to David-2 Samuel 7:1-15-Jay Slocum.mp3

The art for this series brings together various elements of greatness that mankind has reached for throughout the centuries. We have included in the art for this series the great wall of China, a massive Roman aqueduct located in Spain, a castle sketched by a prisoner, and the drawing for DaVinci's great flying machine. Of course, all the greatness of man outside of the glory of God is just paper towels and dixie cups. Post Script: I woke up this morning with Bottocelli, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elvis, and Michelangelo's David in my head. David Sadd (our Graphic Artist) and I placed these faces into the roman arches. Each symbolizes one of the people that we will be discovering from 1 Samuel. Mary represents Hannah, King represents Samuel, Kurt Cobain and Elvis represent Saul, and Well David...