“Femme Fatale”

“Femme Fatale” August 9,2018. Drawn in the 1940s noir style. She did what she had to do to survive. She was born poor, abused, and alone. Who will dare to rescue her? Who will value her heart more than her external beauty? No one? Anyone? This is the dilemma of the 1940s noir femme fatale. Vulnerable, yet dangerous. Approachable, yet treacherous. A black widow of death? Or a forsaken soul in need of redemption? You decide.

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Christian Discipleship and King Jesus

This is the first installment in a discipleship series that I am writing. It’s called “Christian Discipleship and King Jesus.” In order to make the series accessible, I am creating videos where I draw visuals so that the ideas can be better understood. I use my ipad to draw and record using the “Procreator” application. Chris Taylor records the audio. I use Wondershare Filmora to edit. Each video will take about 6-8 weeks. I am also writing a 5 day devotional guide with each video. Here is the outline of the series:

Series 1: Narrative Theology
King Jesus and The Story of God
1. Christian Discipleship: Jesus is NOT a Role Model
2. The Bible: The Covenant Story of King Jesus
3. The Triune Artist God: King Jesus, the Creator
4. The Betrayal: The Desire to Dethrone King Jesus
5. The Curse: His Beauty Defamed and His People Enslaved
6. The Covenant: King Jesus is Loyal to His People
7. The Incarnation: King Jesus Dwells with His People
8. The Rescue: King Jesus sets His People Free
9. The Adoption: King Jesus gives His People a New Identity
10. The Transformation: King Jesus Jesus teaches His People to Depend on Him
11. The Revolution: King Jesus leads His People into the Darkness
12. The Culmination: King Jesus returns to the Garden

Series 2: Systematic Theology
King Jesus and Amazing Grace

1. Union with Christ: The King Miraculously gives Life to His Bride
2. The Trinity 1: Our God is a Relationally Loving God (Soli Deo Gloria)
3. The Trinity 2: Our God is a Miraculously Sovereign God (Soli Deo Gloria)
4. The Word 1: The Bible is a Miraculous Book (Sola Scriptura)
5. The Word 2: The Law is rooted in God’s Love (Sola Scriptura)
4. The King: There can only be One King (Solus Christus)
5. The Grace: People cannot Rescue Themselves (Sola Gratia)
6. The Faith: Trusting the Work of Christ Alone (Sola Fide)
7. Total Inability: Twisted Desire and Powerless Ability
8. Unconditional Love: The King chooses His Bride
9. Special Redemption: The King dies for His Bride
10. Irresistible Beauty: The King pulls back the Veil
11. Preservation: The King protects His Bride

Series 3: Heart Theology
Learning to Live in Union with Christ
1.  Sacrificial Love and Union with Christ
2.  Justification by Faith and Union with Christ
3.  Regeneration and Union with Christ
4.  Repentance and Faith and Union with Christ
5.  Adoption, Shame, and Union with Christ
6.  Addiction and Union with Christ
7.  Corporate Worship and Union with Christ
8.  Communion and Union with Christ
9.  Sharing with Others and Union with Christ
10. The Messiness of Life and Union with Christ

Easter’s Word of Victory – “It is Finished!”

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished.’” — John 19:30

A.W. PinkWhen Christ said these words – “It is finished” – we view the glorious triumph of the cross.  The ancient Greeks boasted about being able to communicate a big thought while using few words. They would often say, “The perfection of a great speech is to give an ocean of substance in a single drop of language”. What the Greeks looked for in a powerful speech is found in these final few words of Christ – “It is finished.” In the original Biblical language, this statement is actually only one word. Yet in that one word is the entire Gospel of God. That one word contains the ground of the believer’s assurance. That one word describes the sum of all joy. In that one single word, we find the very spirit of all Godly comfort. In that one word, we find rest. Continue reading

Woman at the Well – Callie Melton

Callie, 2013Speaking to the women at Surfside Presbyterian Church about the woman at the well in John 4, Callie Melton gives us an insightful look into how Jesus interacted with this woman’s heart – highlighting the beautiful grace of Christ that not only forgives our sin, but also covers our shame.

Black Liberation, White Supremacy, or Gospel Reconciliation?

opposites-5256bcda9e631_hiresIf you are like me, you are concerned about the current issues of racial, cultural, and economic conflict that is disrupting our country and deeply dividing the body of Christ.  If you are like me, you are grieved.  That’s the best word for it. I am grieved. I am grieved over the anger.  I am grieved over the violence.

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Recovering the Heart of Dr. King

Dr. KingIn the face of recent events in our nation, I find that my heart is deeply grieved today.  In the last six months, we have witnessed one the nastiest political campaigns in our nation’s history.  During this campaign we heard the worst insults imaginable.  Last month, we witnessed a brutal attack by a radicalized Muslim on the LGBT community Continue reading