Irreverence, Icons, and The Holy: The Collage Art of Marty Gordon

And Marty said, “Let there be glue…” And there was glue, applied to icons of the holy, the kitschy, the comic, and the kooky; surreal landscapes featuring damsels and dinosaurs, nudies and nerds, monkeys and moon rockets. Coffee shops are the perfect place to look at art, right?   Maybe, but Marty Gordon’s current show at …

Impressions on a Fat Tuesday

Roy Orbison sings "Pretty Woman" as the man by the window, white earplugs delivering his preferred white noise, ruffles the paper, sets it down, and stands up to leave, almost as if he can feel me observing, writing about him.   A buddy and he walk out the door, into the rain, calling back over their …

Meaning of Life 1.6 – Incarnation

For those who might want to catch up with the Meaning of Life posts (they're spread out over time), here are the links. Meaning of Life 1.0 - Intro Meaning of Life 1.1 - The Glory Before the Beginning Meaning of Life 1.2 - God Makes Meaning of Life 1.3 - The Initial Image Meaning …

Letting Go: What I Meant to Say

Letting go is a ruthlessly practical matter. Actors get bound up by inhibitions, fear, and wasted muscular tension.  Relationships go south because wrongs committed become posts to wrap fists around.   New careers go unborn because persistent, outdated self-perceptions just won't fade. At this juncture in my life--one more sermon to preach, a new play rehearsal …

To See

Two weeks ago, I preached a sermon that was the beginning of a new series at church I'm simply calling "The Jesus Lab: Discovering and Practicing the Artful Action of Jesus."  I'm borrowing an idea from the world of acting, wondering out loud what Jesus was doing from moment-to-moment, asking the question the way I …