September 29, 2018 at 03:43AM

Something beautiful: Rain on the trees
(For this one, I’m not gonna suggest a passage for reflection. Rather, if any come to mind when you look at this picture, comment them below!)
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#somethingbeautiful #nature #rain #trees #forest #ocean #poetry #joy #peace #lineart #inks #bw #blackandwhite #penandink #artistsoninstagram #drawdaily #jesusart #illustratedfaith

September 26, 2018 at 03:43AM

Meditation: Bubbles (see Luke 10:25-37)
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I’ve been studying Theodor Adorno in one of my classes, and though he is one of the most pessimistic fellows I’ve ever encountered, he does have some useful ideas. He feels very strongly, for example, that the world is a pretty sucky place, and in order to make life worth living, we attach ourselves to things that make us feel special, powerful, or part of a group that is special or powerful. On paper, this is a good thing; we all need to rely on each other to weather the storms of life. However, in practice, there’s a lot of danger involved. We fill these bubbles, these personal worlds, with things that we’re familiar with, things that are comfortable. When someone comes along that doesn’t quite fit, the bubble pops and we lash out violently. As Christians, we also live in bubbles of comfort and familiarity. We sing the same songs and speak the same words alongside people who, most of the time, look the same as us. Ritual and repetition aren’t inherently bad, but we need to balance the familiar with the new so that no one is excluded. That the church has been so ripe with xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, mysoginy, racism, and so much worse is a testament to how sickly comfortable we can become, but Jesus reminds us again and again that there is a world outside our bubbles that He loves just as much as He loves us. I pray that we can learn what it means to be a true neighbour, even if it means doing the uncomfortable thing and popping our own bubble.
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#luke10 #neighbour #adorno #philosophy #acceptance #love #getoutofyourbubble #lineart #inks #bw #blackandwhite #penandink #artistsoninstagram #drawdaily #jesusart #illustratedfaith

September 25, 2018 at 11:15AM

(Fell asleep before posting this :/ oops)
Matthew 6:33 and John 21:1-14
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Chasing after the things of the world is a lot like chasing after minnows; they’re hard to catch, and even harder to live off of. The world that preaches a perverted Darwinism, telling us that survival belongs to the fittest–the fastest, strongest, and most ruthless. We need to be on constant alert to find what we need to survive and thrive; doesn’t that just seem so tiring? Jesus tells us to instead focus on God first, and everything else will come. That doesn’t mean we don’t still have to work hard to eat and provide for our families–the disciples still had to throw the net over the side and haul in their catch. Rather, this command is a re-framing of how we see the world. Seeing God as provider brings contentment, and with contentment, joy. Seeing Him as a focal point highlights the meaning that is latent in everything we do or say. Seeing Him as saviour reminds us that, even when it hurts, we can take heart, because He has overcome the world, and He has brought in the catch.
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#matthew6 #luke21 #fish #striving #hustle #hardwork #struggle #grind #riseandgrind #focus #lineart #inks #bw #blackandwhite #penandink #artistsoninstagram #drawdaily #jesusart #illustratedfaith

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Matthew 5:5
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I think meekness gets a bad rap. Today, it’s most commonly considered a pejorative term for someone who seems too weak or quiet to stand up for themselves. Of course this is sometimes true, and Jesus definitely welcomes people like this who are marginalized, but I think He refers here also to a more positive form of meekness, one characterized by a contentment with what you have and a desire to care for others. It’s often said that the best king is one who never wanted the crown–he doesn’t seek this privilege for his own gain, and thus (hopefully) governs responsibility, with the benefit of others in mind. This should be our idea of meekness. As the oft quoted 1 Corinthians 13 says, love “does not insist on its own way;” likewise, we (especially those of us who are more privileged) should aim to focus less on how to meet our own desires, and more on how to use what we have been given to help others.
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Thanks to @huub.edelman on Instagram for the passage suggestion! If you’ve got a passage you’d like to see illustrated, DM me or comment below.
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#matthew5 #beatitudes #blessedarethemeek #meekness #care #love #privilege #community #humility #lineart #inks #bw #blackandwhite #penandink #artistsoninstagram #jesusart #illustratedfaith

September 21, 2018 at 01:47AM

I’ve got a few new followers since the last one of these, so I figured there’s no time like the present for another one! I want your help in choosing passages to illustrate! Whether it’s your favourite verse, a chapter that you’ve been wresting with, or just something you saw on a bus ad that piqued your interest, send it my way! DM me or comment below (and just so you know, if it’s one I’ve done before I’ll still do it again, but I might just save it for a little later). Thanks guys!