promophotoIt’s not JUST about the art… 

AMOKArts is about PASSION
It’s about a passion to know Jesus and make Him known.

AMOKArts is about VISION
It’s about helping people to find God’s plan and purpose for their lives, to find and use their gifts to glorify God, serve others and make the world a better place.

AMOKArts is about MISSION
It’s about helping churches to empower their people to be all God intended them to be so the church can fulfill the mission God has given them.

I want to help people and churches to have a passion for Jesus, live their vision and accomplish their mission. Art is the tool, but it’s all about Jesus. I’d love to come to your church, participate in your program, paint and call and help people find and use their gifts to serve the Lord. Contact me today!

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Francesca Battistelli is one of those musicians who tells great stories. This song really ministered to me today. So often we get caught up in the small stuff, let little things ruin our days, making us forget how blessed we really are. This is a wonderful concept that could be dealt with a lot more in our society.

How would you show this concept to a world that desperately needs it?

Get Creative!

the-walters-art-museum-logoOur trip to Baltimore took us to another wonderful art museum, The Walters Art Museum. Where the Baltimore Museum of Art yielded more contemporary art, the work at the Walters felt more historical. This was a journey back in time. As we viewed the various galleries, I was amazed at how much I saw the Bible brought to life. Many of the artifacts on the lower floors were from peoples and places mentioned in the Old Testament. It was fascinating.

When we arrived on the third floor though, the focus changed. The doors of the elevator opened to reveal a life-sized sculpture of Christ on the cross, surrounded by a magnificently painted altar piece portraying Christ’s passion. Most of the work on this floor was from the church, depicting saints and biblical scenes. This should be no surprise, there was a period in history where the primary patron of the arts was the Church.

the-walters-art-museum This piece was among my favorites. It’s another altar piece. At one point this mammoth sculpture/carving adorned the front of a church in France. It’s intricately carved and depicts the various scenes of Christ’s last days on earth, His arrest, trial, death, burial and resurrection. In a time where most of the population was illiterate, pieces of art like this helped people to see and understand the story. This art, these pictures tell the illustrated story of Jesus and pointed people to their creator.

And that’s when it hit me. This is still our calling as believing creatives. Oh our society is very literate and highly educated, but we’ve drifted from the Gospel, our minds clouded by a plethora of other information. Maybe we need to go back to go forward-back to a time where artists illustrated the greatest truths for the world to see. I believe we’re called to use these gifts we’ve been given to point people to the Truth that will set them free.

I’m not saying we need to make pictures of Jesus or write books (or plays, or music) about Jesus. I’m saying, as believing creatives we need to submit our gifts to the will of the Father, seek Him in prayer, follow His Spirit and do the work He created us to do. Maybe we were born and gifted for such a time as this, to use these “whatever gifts” to spread the Gospel to the end of the earth.

I believe it is time for the church to get creative and to support it’s creatives. To become a patron and supporter of the arts again. To minister to creatives and to empower creatives to do the work the Lord is calling them to do, not just on Sunday morning, but all week long, not just in the Church but in the world beyond, utilizing the arts in the life of the church and in the marketplace to the glory of God.

What would happen if the Church got creative? The answer lies in the heart of God, but I believe it will be spectacular.

Who’s with me?

I am someone who is really protective of children. I hate to see anyone harm or mislead them. So does Jesus. So when the word of the week was trouble, I knew I had to do something on Matthew 18:6 This one is short and to the point. Don’t mess with children. Teach them His way, based on what He said and realize they are a sacred trust-a trust He does not take lightly. Neither should we.


Sometimes our art is meant to make things beautiful. Sometimes it’s supposed to make us think and every once in a while you just have to call something out.

baltimore_museumofart_001pWell after going non-stop for weeks now and my wife working very hard to prepare to speak at our church’s women’s retreat, not to mention my son Chris’ busy college schedule, we took the weekend and went to Baltimore, to visit a few sites. The highlight for the weekend for us all was the Baltimore Museum of Art. The place is astounding. We saw a large collection of works by Henri Matisse that were truly remarkable. It was really interesting to walk through the collection and watch his style evolve.

There were many works by Picasso, largely before his cubist period. This work always amazes me. It is such a huge departure from arguably his most famous work that it is hard to believe it came from the same artist, the it is beautiful in it’s own right.

Pair-of-Shoes,-AThere were rooms full of contemporary art including several large works by Andy Warhol, which were quite impressive to this fan of pop art. I was amazed by my reaction to a simple piece by Van Gogh. As many of you know the story of Van Gogh has always touched me and being mere inches from a piece by tho great master was surreal. To be close enough to see the texture of the brush strokes and examine, even such a simple piece, was inspiring.

h2_29.100.370I think the family’s favorite piece was this Degas sculpture. There was so much life in the bronze sculpture that you almost expected the young girl to dance right off the platform. It was exquisite. I was surprised to see the fabric skirt attached to this famous piece which I had before this point only seen in photographs.

This was an amazing museum, made even more amazing by the fact that there was no admission fee. The opportunity to see some of the greatest artwork ever created for free was incredible. A large portion of the museum was closed for renovation on the day we were there, and still we spent hours viewing its treasures. We will be returning to take it all in soon.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is a must see for any art lover. Check it out the next time you are in this part of the world.

Now you tell me… What is your favorite art attraction? What must I see when I am in your part of the world?

I love it when really smart people say what I’ve been saying.

This is Eric Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, CA speaking on creativity.

This much I know… You are creative!

So go create something, give it to God, share it as He leads and see what He does with it.

I was at work one morning when my wife gave me a quick call and told me to tune into our local Christian radio station, the Word FM. The hosts were interviewing author Emily Freeman about her new book, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live It didn’t take long for me to order it.

I loved this book. Emily begins by talking about one of my favorite verses in Scripture, Ephesians 2:10. “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” She keyed in on that word workmanship which in the Greek is “poema,” the word from which we get the word “poem.” So often I talk about the art we make. Emily spends some time there too, but she spends a lot of time on the work we are. God’s creation, created to create. I love this.

One thing I loved about this book is Freeman’s masterful use of language. Her writing is, in a sense, poetic. This book, while really informative is also a work of art in its own right. She speaks not just of the big bold creative things we can do, but of the little moments in which we live artfully, blessing people in little ways that can make a big difference. The subtitle says it all. Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. This book was a real blessing to me in a really busy time. If you need a new perspective on living creatively, if you feel a little out of balance or if you just want to live a better life, I highly recommend this book.

This past weekend, I preached revivals at a wonderful church in central Pennsylvania and great stuff was happening. Not all of it happened in the church though. My friend Roger and I went to one of the local restaurants for dinner before the last service. He was telling our server about the fast art that I do and before long I was asked to draw something. I said sure, cause I love to do stuff like that. She gave me the names of her children and a couple paper placemats and I started to draw, just some simple puppies and kittens with her children’s names underneath in bubble letters. It was simple and I had fun doing it. Another server gave me her children’s names, two girls and a boy. I drew a lion and two lionesses with their names underneath. It was amazing. People came over to see what I was doing and Roger told them about my ministry at the church. I only had time to do the two pictures, but it was great fun and the two servers were really appreciative. Something really simple made their day. I love what I get to do…

Why do I share this? It doesn’t take a huge effort or a lot of money to be a blessing. It just takes a little availability. Simple gestures mean a lot.

How could you be a blessing today?