Why I Sing My Heart Out In Church

The First Song The first time the words “sing” and “sang” is used most Bible translations is found in “The Song of Moses,” Exodus 15:1-3, after Moses and the nation of Israel crossed the Red Sea.1 The Men’s Part In this first recorded song the men of Israel, led by…

Sewing A Blog: an Icon, a Poem, and a Confession

I’ve been in a sewing mood the last few weeks, so Sally Lloyd-Jones’ blog on her quilting workshop experience peaked my interest.  At this workshop the participants were asked to randomly choose quilting scraps (even the ones they didn’t particularly like) and sew them together in the path of least resistance….

Websites & Women can be Redeemed

This past week our website, Doxology Publishing, was infected with “mal-ware” (malicious code that someone infects your website with in order to do damage).  I found this out when I searched for the site on Google and saw the words, “Warning: This site may harm your computer.”  Needless to say,…

Stereotyping and the Sovereignty of God

If you want to read this, but only have a few seconds, scroll down and start reading at “The point of this blog.” A bit of history Stereotyping, I found out, was originally coined as a printing word.  Before stereotyping, printers used wooden blocks with images and text that could…

U.S. Coast Guard Swimmer & Helicopter 2014 Photo

Saved! From What?

I grew up in a rural Southern Baptist church where, at the end of the service, you were invited to “come forward” and “be saved.”  As a child, I did not think it strange to speak of someone in our church or community as ‘saved’ or ‘not saved’.  From my…

What’s the Good News?

This was the question my endocrinologist asked me this week as he walked into the examination room where I was waiting, not for him, but for his assistant. So, taken off guard both by his entrance and by his question, my response was “deer in the headlight” frozen. My mind…

Why is Theology Important to God?

Why Does God Care About Theology? In my last blog, Is Theology Important to God?, I tried to establish that God does care about theology. I focused primarily on the doctrine of God and tried to show that, because God explicitly tells us about himself, it is important to God that…

Is Theology Important to God?

My original intent for this blog was to reflect on “Why” theology is important to God. But I realized I couldn’t really go there without establishing that theology is important to God. 1 So the more specific, two-part, question I’m trying to answer here is … Is it important to…

Why is theology important to artists and everyone?

What do we mean by ‘theology’? In the Creating Art from Theology curriculum (free on this site), theology is defined as … “‘thinking deeply’ about what the Bible, as a whole, tells us about the Trinity:  ‘pondering’ ways theologians, historically, have interpreted what Scripture reveals about God’ and ‘living in light’ of…

Paint the Whole Picture

In American when we hear the same story with a different emphasis and from another perspective, we sometimes say of the person who told the “other side of the story” – “that’s not how he painted the picture.”  That’s what happens in theology and in art sometimes too.  One part…