Melancholy in Amber

Edgar Degas, Melancholy/ c. 1874, oil on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. The sadness flows from this painting. Degas caught the dark despondency of his model. Her inertia becomes something we can gaze on carefully and at leisure. This is one of my favorite paintings. For me, it captures an essence of what depression “looks” like. TheContinue reading “Melancholy in Amber”

Clinging to God’s Assurance

My favorite of all the apostles is John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Some people give him a bad rap for calling himself that, saying it’s arrogant. I disagree. I don’t believe this title for himself is any indication he thought he was the only one. Rather, I believe it reveals how certain he wasContinue reading “Clinging to God’s Assurance”

Quotes on Being a Disciple

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer Take the words of Jesus and let them become the Supreme Court of the Gospel to you. –John G. Lake Some wish to hear the word of God, others wish to receive it.–Anonymous Understanding is the reward of obedience. Obedience is the key to everyContinue reading “Quotes on Being a Disciple”

Working in the Time of Grace

 “These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.” Matt. 20:12, NIV Matthew 20 irritates me.  People are working the entire day, and along comes people who have only workedContinue reading “Working in the Time of Grace”