But Does It Last?:The Case for Beeswax

Without a doubt, the number one thing I am asked by viewers is, “Will this thing fall apart?”  The Western art tradition has largely grounded itself in the vehicle of oil painting, and most viewers are simply used to the thought that while oil lasts, other things might not.   For this reason, I’m not upset…

But What Does It Mean?:A Guide to the Perplexed

Tomorrow, six of my pieces will be shown at Belhaven University at an alumni exhibition.  These pieces are small, roughly 12″x12″, and are already framed.  As I prepare to talk about my work, I think that a question many people may ask is, “Well this looks nice, but what does it mean?”   It seems to…

Never the Twain Shall Meet

Paths Christians Take When They Encounter Evolutionary Theory  As a student in Seminary, I’m surrounded by the theological debates of the day.  Within Reformed circles, the debates mainly revolve around confessional subscription, Sabbath observance, and the doctrine of sanctification. But, more Church-universal issues are centered around things like doctrine of Scripture, the nature of authority,…

Algorithm Art

Probably the most fascinating concept I’ve seen in the contemporary art scene, ARTSY is facilitating the auctioning of algorithms as art.  While algorithms have certainly been sold, previously, for utilitarian purposes, this is the first auction, in my knowledge, for algorithms to be possessed simply for their aesthetic or conceptual quality.  What does this mean…

How to Do History and Science

I’ve been reading through Michael Licona’s, “The Resurrection of Jesus,” and think that his first chapter is seriously helpful in beginning a conversation on the philosophy of history and science.   He has an excellent paragraph on the relation of scientific inquiry to historical inquiry located on pg. 66 of this pdf, under heading 1.2.12,…

The Grand Mis-reading of the Invisible Rapture Folk

For my pre-mill, dispensationalist friends:In Matthew 24:36-42 Jesus says that His return will be like the days of Noah. People were eating and drinking, and being given in marriage, but the flood came and “took them all away”. Similarly, when Christ returns, “There shall be two men in the field; one is taken, and the…

Christ and Acts

It has been a long while since I have posted anything, due to the fact that my wife and my seminary studies and my preaching and teaching have been my priorities.  However, I have decided that in between writing essays and sermons I need to have some sort of place to scrawl my ramblings into…