Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Babylonia at the time of the destruction of the First Temple. Among his more famous prophecies, which were compiled in the Book of Ezekiel, are his visions of the Divine Chariot, the Valley of the Dry Bones, and the Third Temple. Following is art by various artist inspired … Continue reading Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

The art of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard's most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias ("Know the Ways"), Liber Vitae Meritorum ("Book of the Rewards … Continue reading The art of Hildegard of Bingen

A prayer for the sick

Psalm 41 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores … Continue reading A prayer for the sick

Christian art: the sun and the moon

The synoptic gospels tell us that, at the moment Christ died, darkness swept over the land for three hours (Mark 15:33, Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:44-45). In manuscripts and painted works of art that depicted this event, color was frequently exploited to illustrate darkness and to create a dramatic setting. The celestial bodies of the sun … Continue reading Christian art: the sun and the moon

A prayer for minimalists

UNCLUTTER OUR LIVES By John Birch Unclutter our lives, Lord we have too much, consume too much, expect too much. Grant us perspective; to see this world through others’ eyes than just our own. Grant us compassion; where there is need to play our part not turn aside. Grant us gratitude for what we have, … Continue reading A prayer for minimalists

The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

The following slideshow features paintings by various Christian artists from various cultures inspired by the story of Jesus being presented at the Temple soon after his birth. The gospel of Luke describes it this way: When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem … Continue reading The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

A Druid Prayer

A DRUID PRAYER From "A Book of Shadows" by Phylis Curott. Grant, Almighty, Thy protection And in protection, Strength And in strength, Understanding And in understanding, Knowledge And in knowledge, The knowledge of justice And in the knowledge of justice, The love of it And in that love, The love of all Existence And in … Continue reading A Druid Prayer

Violence can’t murder murder

Martin Luther King once said, "Violence may murder the murderer, but it doesn't murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it doesn't murder lies; it doesn't establish truth.... Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it doesn't murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading … Continue reading Violence can’t murder murder

Conflict resolution as a Christian practice

It strikes me that a lot of the practical matters discussed in the New Testament letters are about conflict resolution in one way or another. The letters might be addressing: social conflict (reconciling divisions, enduring persecution, loving one another, practicing hospitality), sexual conflict (infidelity, care within marriage), financial conflict (lawsuits, freeloading, giving generously), verbal conflict … Continue reading Conflict resolution as a Christian practice