Count God Worthy

“How many of us count God worthy enough to be used by Him?” @syyounger

😳 Phew – that’s quite a statement. I know whenever I get that notification that @rampchurchintl is live that I can click over and receive something that’s going to change the way I’m feeling about something that day. Today was no exception. I had a couple of different quotes sketched out but when he said this…I knew I had to draw it. Powerful stuff!

P.S. Ok – I’m creeping in unknown waters here with all the colors I’ve been adding to my drawings lately. 😅 I don’t plan on expanding too far out there but the color on pastor’s jacket was so brilliant I thought it would be a crime to not add it. Let me know if you want to see more! 🙌

How To Love

Pastor Jonathan was speaking about the Song of Solomon this past Sunday! I highly recommend heading over to trbc.org to check it out! 🙌 @thomasroad 

Disillusionment

“We’ve ignored systemic poverty – we’re so addicted to individual freedom that we often turn a blind eye to the suffering and those without healthcare or financial security and have written it off as a lack of personal responsibility.” -Pastor @brandonacox

This is from a thread Pastor Brandon posted on Twitter title “15 reasons I believe evangelical churches are losing so many people to disillusionment and deconstruction” and it is a bomb of a post. I’m sure reading it will make some people uncomfortable and that’s probably a good thing. Like Pastor Roy says “listen past the point of being offended.” Just because the status quo may work for me it doesn’t work for everyone.

I picked this one out of 15 points because it is such a powerful move toward grace and humility to recognize that, even in the U.S., things are not equal for everyone. Some of us were born with unfair advantages and others were with totally unfair disadvantages. Personally, the message of of Jesus is not that we are the product of rugged individualism but rather that we are totally incapable of doing this alone.

I encourage you to read the entire post, it’s challenging and bold and the discussion is very needed. Let’s stop calling each other heretics and witches and let’s stop holding on to the status quo. Let’s pray, and hug, and lift each other up and we seek Him together.

https://brandonacox.medium.com/15-reasons-people-are-disillusioned-with-the-american-evangelical-church-b87abaefd869

How To Tip

“I don’t understand how Christians can say ‘Jesus gave us a gift we don’t deserve and could never earn’ and then tip a dollar because ’The service wasn’t all that great.’”

I have a lot to say about this. I could write a literal book called “Christian, tip generously.” I’ve worked jobs multiple times that relied on tips and I can’t tell you how many times the trajectory of my evening was either uplifted by a great tip or dive-bombed by a garbage tip. Some of the greatest moments of generosity that I can remember is being given a tip that far exceeded the value I provided. I’m not even talking about that mythical $100 tip that people talk about; I’m saying to you can change a persons night by simply giving them $20 when they were expecting $5.

We should give generously because we’ve been given generously. The quality of the service doesn’t matter. Treat the people that serve you with generosity far exceeding the value because that’s who we are. We should be ANNOYING with our tipping. If you don’t have money to tip, you don’t have money to be served. 

And if you want to leave tract – you’d better wrap it in a $50. That’s the minimum. You do far more damage to the kingdom by leaving a tract instead of a tip.

Forgive Them

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Hostility or Hospitality

“As a Christian, are you known more for your hostility or for your hospitality?” – Pastor @treyvancamp

I really appreciated Pastor Trey’s response to the satan shoes on YouTube. I’ve heard a lot of takes and read a lot of comments and they usually fall into the “why are surprised when lost people do lost things?” or “Let God punish him!” I like this one though – it’s one I struggle with because my default position is to not say anything but with this kind of framework it invites me into a prayerful time to figure out how to show hospitality in this situation. I still don’t know what to say but I definitely know what NOT to say and with Proverbs 17:28 being what it is maybe that’s best?

Frankenstein!

Ok, give me a second here. I know this is a Christian account with sermon notes and bible quotes and all that – what in the world is the creature from Frankenstein doing here? I read “Frankenstein: A Guide to Reading & Reflecting” by Dr. @karenswallowprior and it changed the way I think about literature.

This book is a complete reprint of Frankenstein with added details about the version and the author but more importantly it contains reflections on the greater themes of the book and how we should view them as Christians and through a Christian world-view. It’s refreshing and challenging. Although the guide is about Frankenstein, in a larger sense, it’s almost a toolkit in how to read fiction? I found myself actually reading to comprehend because I knew at the end of the section I was going to get a question that I needed to be ready for. It’s amazing to me that authors that are 100% not Christian still explore the themes and messages that point directly to Jesus. Themes that I’ve never considered before were brought to mind and I’m so thankful for that!

So – the book was great! So great that I’d love to let someone else enjoy it! Comment below and I’ll pick someone to receive my copy and a print of this image and I’ll send it to you free of charge (U.S. only.)

Quick note about the art – when it comes to Frankenstein, the illustrated version by Bernie Wright is the gold standard. This is my feeble attempt at re-drawing his excellent take on the creature. 

Wanting the Sacred

“Many of us want the sacred…and we want to mix it with the SECULAR.” – Pastor Joel Tudman

Ok, I was introduced to @social_dallas last week and I thought “I’m going to drop in this weekend (virtual and all that) and see what’s going on.” My friends, there was a lot going on. I saw the 3 hour runtime and I was thinking “I am not ready for this.” Pastor @joeltudman was preaching along with Chander Moore and it is WILD. I was blessed by the message but to try and sketchnote the whole thing would take me the entire day. Sometimes I feel like what I do here is like trying to capture an amazing sunset with your iPhone. Like…it’s fine but it doesn’t really represent how it made you feel.

I really want to make it down to Dallas at some point. WOW.

Right Place, Right Time, Right Purpose

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” -Esther 4:16 😳

So powerful. When opportunity meets position and purpose, God’s people can do amazing things.

Sunday Notes from @thomasroad

A couple of things – I’ve drawn Esther before but she looks totally different than I drew her here. I’m not a character designer but I’m wondering if I should try to keep the drawings of the characters consistent across my page or switch it up? Kinda like how Wonder Woman can be drawn by many different artists but you can still tell it’s Wonder Woman. I’d love your feedback on this! 🙌

Also – I included my live notes that I took at the building. You can see how things can change drastically when I take a little time to reflect on my notes. In this case, I felt the need to highlight Esther way more than I originally did. 

God bless you all!

Satan’s Masterpiece

“Satan’s true masterpiece is the pharisee not the prostitute.” @pastorfrankgil

Ok – this is an old quote from what I can tell but it was so poignant I drew it up on Friday afternoon (which insights tell me is the worst time to post) and put it here because I could wait another second. I saw this on twitter and was like “ooooh that’s too good not to post.” I’m not saying you have to be one or the other – but the pharisee is not looked kindly upon by Jesus.

Man – the legalism topic is hitting me HARD this week! 👊