His Face Never Changes – an illustration

I drew this picture during the fall of 1995 using pencil, colored pencils, and ink.

The face in the middle is the standard comic book “masculine’ expression – calm, cool, and collected.  The unflappable “Don Draper” (click here to see what I mean).

Yet, underneath the confident veneer, a torrent of emotion rages – anger, lust, shame, envy, apathy, insecurity, and grief.  So many men that I have known suffer from this kind of internal confusion.  This is  why so many men experience mid-life crisis, feelings of suicide, and an inability to express themselves.  This is also why men generally do not like to cry.  If a tear falls, the dam is likely to burst.  They simply are unwilling to go there.  They are too afraid of the consequences of allowing weakness.  Too afraid of showing vulnerability.  So, they toughen up and keep going…until…they can’t go anymore.  And when this happens, when the clay feet of feigned fleshly confidence crumbles, when the jig is up, when the thin veneer of “Don Draper cool” gives way – it’s a disaster.

Christ teach us humility.  Teach us to come out of hiding.  Teach us the gospel strength that is found in weakness.  Teach us that only Jesus can cover our shame.

The Idol of Christian Impact and Football

In my former post “C.S. Lewis and a theology of Christian Hope“, I had a pretty good comment exchange with my good friend DonBob. DB’s prodding helped me to develop some further thoughts along these lines that I felt were worth posting.

One of my primary intentions here at Sacrosanct Gospel is to attempt to clear away thoughts and ideas that often cloud or adulterate the Gospel of Jesus. I don’t suppose for a moment that I have a corner on this market so I look to friends, authors, thinkers, and theologians to help me along the road. John Piper, Tim Keller, Eugene Peterson and Mark Driscoll are some of my biggest allies in this regard. I also read a few dead guys like Edwards, Calvin, and Lewis. However, as I observe our modern evangelical cultural trends, it seems that some of those who currently defend the Gospel most heartily – namely Piper, Driscoll, and Macarthur – often get a little too zealous in their collective emphasis on missiology.

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