Pairing wine is a tricky business at the best of times. But when it comes to representing the blood of Christ the casual disregard among church leadership for any of the major schools of thought is shocking!
I wrote the following equation on a white board: Happy + Nice = Church I then sat down and waited for their response. Dumbfounded, they all stared at the equation for a relatively long time, and then someone said, “Shouldn’t God be somewhere in the equation?”
Marvel is using spiritual language to scratch a spiritual itch. Now don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes. I grew up watching Marvel cartoons and playing with action figures. I still read comics. But superheroes can’t replace biblical heroes. The superheroes Marvel gives us are just too American.
At the time, I needed someone who I felt like understood exactly what I was going through. To discover that a high profile punk icon who I had shared the same sorts of experiences with offered me the same sort of self-acceptance I had experienced when I was a teenager.
Poor Millionaires is a thoroughly refreshing, extraordinarily honest (and honestly hopeful) account amidst this depressing morass of institutional failures. In large part because it isn’t the story of an institution–it’s a story about a relationship between two people who readily admit to their brokenness, mistakes, misunderstandings, and failures yet still manage to create something beautiful together.
Artmaking and specifically drawing connects me to my spiritual life. It is a form of investigation, questioning, wonder that drives me through the creative process. Drawing itself feels like a prayer or spiritual act to me offering me quiet contemplation, balanced consideration, a way to understanding, a sense of awe. As I work, the world is continually revealed in new and unexpected ways and continues to be.