Saturday, December 29, 2007

Another Christmas Gift

I am slowly getting better at doing this one. Now I just need to learn to take better pictures! These Christmas gift icons are actually smaller than I usually do them. Usually they are 9"x 12", or so. These are about half the size. There is still one more Christmas icon that I did that I need to post a picture of. Lord willing the picture will be up soon.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Christmas

Or should I say, "Happy Christma-hana-kwanzika"? Here are a couple of Christmas gifts I made for some people:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Growth and Decline in the Episcopal Church

Is the following true of continuing Anglicanism?

"Indeed, as Church policy, in both the Church of England and the Episcopal Church since 1800 it cannot be seriously maintained that the conversion of souls from a state of being lost has held a very high priority. As a consequence, neither Church has shown much growth, and such growth that has come about has been either biological growth among members or transfer growth in terms of taking in members of other denominations. This latter is, indeed, virtually the only source of membership growth in the Episcopal Church.

The effectiveness of the Episcopal Church as an evangelistic church is insignificant because there is really no consensus among us as to the necessity for seeking to convert the unconverted. To be effective in evangelism, it is necessary to have general recognition of the vital necessity for salvation in terms of a visceral as well as an intellectual conviction such that subordinate purposes are organized around evangelism as our number one priority. The Episcopal Church is and had been ineffective because its leaders lack such a common agreement.

The effort to substitute other goals as our number one priority has only demonstrated the extent to which we have politicized our theology in the service of an alleged prophetic role. It is as though our theology has lost its vertical axis and we are only able to display horizontal Christianity. Lacking, as we do, any deeply held consensus as to mankind's eternal lostness apart from Jesus Christ, we have substituted a theology which avers that the proper role for Christianity is that of liberating man from oppressive social structures and not from sin."

"Growth and Decline in the Episcopal Church"
Rev. Wayne B. Watson, 1979

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Minister's Duty in Life and Doctrine

"But to you, I say, of the clergy, these things are spoken properly; to you these powers are conveyed really; upon you God hath poured His spirit plentifully; you are the choicest of His choice, the elect of His election, a church picked out of the church, vessels of honor for your Master's use, appointed to teach others, authorized to bless in His name; you are ministers of Christ's priesthood, under-laborers in the great work of mediation and intercession, you are 'for the people towards God' (Ex 18:19), and convey answers and messages from God to the people. These things I speak, not only to magnify your office, but to enforce and heighten your duty; you are holy by office and designation; for your very appointment is a sanctification and a consecration, and therefore whatever holiness God requires of the people, who have some little portions in the priesthood evangelical, He expects it of you, and much greater, to whom He hath conveyed so great honors, and admitted so near unto Himself, and hath made to be the great ministers of His kingdom and His spirit."

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)
excerpt from Sermon X
The Minister's Duty in Life and Doctrine

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Why hast thou forsaken me?

I just recently completed this large (about 46" x 48") oil painting entitled "Why hast thou forsaken me?" I am pleased with it because it brings together a number of stylistic elements that I have been fooling with for the last few years. It combines representation with abstraction; a sense of space with flatness; and smooth glazing with rough brush strokes. The large, dark, form behind the cross signifies that moment when Our Lord uttered "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"