David – The Weak Became Strong

My sketch notes from the 9-11-2022 service at Thomas Road Baptist Church. You can download the pdf below! 👇🏻

Ruslan on Schooling

“As Christians, we cannot have a victim mentality. We cannot go out and look for things to be persecuted by. That is not helpful nor is it healthy.”

@ruslankd from a reaction video in response to an interview by Allie Stuckey with Kirk Cameron on the topic of homeschooling.

Phew – ok that byline was a MOUTHFUL! 😅 Sorry there’s a lot of parts there.

It’s funny, in watching the video I didn’t have a strong reaction to the topic of homeschooling (I’ll share my thoughts on that below) but rather how we engage with topics as Christians. I’m not of the mind that Christians shouldn’t talk about politics but I do feel like we need to go about it in a better way.

There are Christians facing persecution today, right now, in real time. I just don’t think it’s all of us, all the time, about everything. Schooling is one of those topics. Are there bad actors in the school system? Yes FOR SURE. But I don’t think we can attribute the extreme problems to those bad actors to the school system at large. Nor should we look down on the parents that had to deal with those bad actors and chose a different schooling path. I love Dr. Crenshaw’s quote, “we need to have better conversations” and describing the public school system as “grooming” our kids isn’t a better conversation. Let’s not be goofy and hyperbolic in our discussions. We can stand firm in our beliefs and add to the conversation without needing to demonize those that disagree with us.

I have a lot more to say but these captions can only be so long. 🤦🏻‍♂️

My thoughts on homeschooling? I’ve found from being exposed to ALL of the different types of schooling (public, private, military, home, unschooling, etc) it really seems like a family by family or even kid by kid decision. I don’t think it’s helpful to demonize the school system because a lot of people have a lot of different experiences there and I think the same goes for homeschooling. I’d support whatever works best for your family and your children. We’re all just trying to do our best out here and a little grace goes a long way.

An Unbelieving World

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” -Brennan Manning

This may be totally anecdotal but most of the people I’ve encountered who have sworn off the faith have done so because of what they have seen from us. No, we’re not called to be perfect and even if we were we still would fall short. But sometimes we’re not even trying. Maybe even a lot of times. 

We are called not to perfection but to radiate the light. If we want to secure an atheist in their faith we simply need to show them the darkness.

Process Video

How I draw a sketch!

I spend a little time talking about my process for making the sketches you see here. I should have said so in the video but I use the 12.9 iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Procreate almost exclusively! 

If you’re into art process; check it out and let me know how I can improve! What else do you want to know!?

I don’t know what happened but I made a video and I instantly started using language like “shout out” and “your boy.” It’s possible I watch too much YouTube. I read somewhere that if you’re not embarrassed by your first video then you waited too long to post it. I guess I’m good because there is so much I want to change in this video!

Hat tip to @rachelizabethmcginley for requesting this video – it’s of an image I created of her!

Reach Out

“What does love have to do with it? EVERYTHING.” – Pastor @jadavisii

I had to pleasure to create this sketch for Pastor Davis over at the @verve.pomona for his one year anniversary! I don’t know a lot about being a pastor but by observing a lot of them out in the wild; it seems like a difficult career with little pay, a lot of scrutiny, and a difficult work-life balance. I feel like we should take more time to say “thanks” and let them know we appreciate them. I now know TWO people over the Verve Pomona community and they both seem like super awesome people!

And this was a GREAT sermon. The message was on point AND he quoted Tina Turner and had a basketball illustration. 🙌

Advice for the Rich

“Anybody who is rich and successful and they’re trying to measure up – just surrender. Give your heart to Christ and let Jesus mold you because that stuff can be here today and gone tomorrow.” @brianheadwelchspeaking at @crsrdschurch

I don’t mind revealing that back in the 90’s I was a pretty big Korn fan. Not because of the lyrics per se, I was really just there for the guitars. I have more than one memory of aimlessly driving around Las Vegas as a teenager with a big gulp in hand (no cupholders) and that album blasting so loud that it was breaking the speakers of my parents old ’82 Volvo.

Fast forward to modern times; my family and I are driving through Kentucky and stop at Chick-fil-a (naturally) for lunch and notice a very large modern building that we discover is Crossroads Church. We don’t have time to check it out but I follow them on instagram because, if you’re new here, I draw sermons and stuff.

This weekend these two worlds smashed together with Brian Welch of Korn spoke with the head pastor at Crossroads and was very open about his life of excess, of meth addiction, and of giving his life to Christ and an industry where I can only imagine it’s super unpopular to do so. It’s a story of redemption, of tearing down everything he thought was important and building it back up on the strength of Christ. 

This quote was so good though – you can hear it in his voice when he says “that stuff can be here today and gone tomorrow” that he’s lived through it and come out the other side.

I appreciated his transparency and openness. I’m really interested to read his books but I have a real problem with buying books and never reading them! Am I the only one!?

Anyway, thanks to Brian and Crossroads – it’s an uplifting interview for sure!

Make Good Tables

“The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. Church by all means, and decent forms of amusement, certainly—but what use is all that if in the very center of his life and occupation he is insulting God with bad carpentry? No crooked table legs or ill-fitting drawers ever came out of the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth. Nor, if they did, could anyone believe that they were made by the same hand that made Heaven and earth.” 

-Dorothy L. Sayers

I know personally I sometimes make being a Christian very difficult – mainly because I make it difficult. I love being reminded of simpler expectations like this one. Nobody wants to listen to your story because you go to church on Sundays. But to shine the the light of Jesus in your work…phew, that’s something unique. To exude hope instead of cynicism, to encourage instead of demean, to be honest and forthright instead of engaging in politics and gatekeeping – all of these will display the love of Christ way more than just being “a good boy and good girl.”

Incidentally; there’s one class of people that I find over and over again exemplify just this, no matter what field I find them in. Hardest working people I’ve ever encountered.


Pen Test!

I’m a creature of habit. When it comes @procreate I use the studio pen every single time; it’s perfect. BUT I’ve been watching a lot of @nolanium videos and he uses the dry brush and man does it look good. I don’t know if I’m switching brushes yet but I like the line it creates. And it doesn’t put my lack of pressure control on display like the studio pen does! 😅

So Much More: The Heart of Gratitude

So Much More – Conversations and Commitments

It was another packed message on Sunday at Thomas Road Baptist Church! I always check the sermon notes before the message starts to see what I’m getting into (Thomas Road is the only church I’ve found that publishes their notes ahead of time which is MUCH APPRECIATED) and looking at these notes I found myself wondering “how is Pastor Jonathan going to cover all of this in just 30 minutes?” He did, it was insightful and challenging, and he said my new favorite quote “God doesn’t want to just hear from you when you’re thanking him for a hot dog!” Definitely a triumph in word selection because if he would have said “meal” or “sandwich” I don’t think it would have stuck but choosing to say hot dog made the statement ridiculous and poignant at the same time. I was blessed by this sermon and hope you are too! Don’t be surprised if you see the hot dog quote illustrated later this week…🤷‍♂️🌭