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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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Book Review: Get Weird by C.J. Casciotta

Posted: December 11, 2018 in books

Before I begin this review, I am required to mention that I received this book for free in exchange for review on my blog and other channels like this one. Now that that is out of the way, let me tell you why I loved this book. First and foremost, that title just grabbed my attention. Get weird! But this is not just about weird for weird’s sake. There is, in my not-so humble opinion, too much of that going on in the arts. Rather the author speaks of the “Sacred Weird” and embracing the ways that we are created unique and different, rather than settling for the conformity of what the author labels “Same.” Casciotta gives real world examples from his life as well as stories from the lives of some of our most creative innovators in a variety of areas of life. People from Martin Luther, through Martin Luther King.

I read a lot of books in a year, and I often share them with others. I may buy another copy to share, but this one is staying close to home as I am planning refer to it often. Casciotta sums up the story in this line from near the end of the book. “imagine a world where we all loved what made us different, instead of succumbing to a constant barrage of comparison and conformity.” Amen to that.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a book that will inspire creatives for years to come and ignite or reignite the creative spark in us all.


Sometimes a project doesn’t end up the way you planned it. A while ago I had an idea. I was going to create a bunch of three by five cards to distribute around the community, linked to a web page that would tell people more about Jesus. I even was in the process of creating a price for the winner. Unfortunately some things in my ministry changed and I was never able to quite pull it off. The resulting video sat in limbo for quite some time. Recently I rediscovered it and thought, that might be useful to a kids ministry somewhere, so I “dusted it off” revamped a few things and published it.

It’s based on the parable of the lost sheep. I think I am going to end up redoing this piece, and the associated outreach, for my current church, but in the mean time, I thought I would at least share clip in case someone can use it. Sometimes things fall through and have to be discarded. Most of the time, though I think our timing is off, and we just need to wait for the right time. Store your ideas, even the ones that appear to be failing. Sometimes they can be resurrected later. After all, our Lord is in the resurrection business.


I know that title could be taken in a very negative way, but that’s not how I mean it. No instead I want to know what you would like to see on this site. How can I help you? What kinds of services should I be offering? What do you want to know about? The nice thing about this site is the field of creativity and the church is very wide with lot of possibilities. The struggle of this site is the same. What I want more than anything else is to glorify God. What I want almost as much is to help all of us creatives to do the same.

So for the coming year, what do you want from me? How can I serve and bless you? How can I help you to thrive as you use your gift to serve the Lord?

Because that is what I really want to do!


I want to start off by saying, for the umpteenth time, I love what I do. Being a pastor is great, arts ministry is great, and as a whole all of my other creating pursuits are a real blast too. Lately I’ve been creating some new graphics. like this guy…

it’s mainly just for fun and to improve my skills. I enjoy that too. I’m writing a novel, that I really feel is coming together nicely for a first effort. I feel led to this stuff, well maybe not the just for fun art, but everything else. Lately, though I have been wondering, “What am I doing?”

Here’s my struggle, I see so many things going on in our world and it’s hard. I’m especially having a hard time with the things that are happening within the church as I see a great many teachings being perpetrated on the church from within. This is happening largely as people try to mold the Scriptures to fit the culture. That’s not how it works. We don’t change the Scripture, the Scripture is supposed to change us. I see all this stuff happening and I wonder am I doing enough about this stuff. Am I taking enough of a stand? I know I am going out and sharing the Gospel. I know I am building up my congregation, or at least I am putting forth my best efforts, but when it comes to he forces that come against the church and the culture, am I fighting? Am I supposed to be fighting? Is drawing silly pictures a waste of time, or is there a way that it can all come together to speak God’s truth in love to the culture and to the church?

My creative brothers and sisters, we have been entrusted with taking the unchanging message of the Gospel to the world. To find new and exciting ways to communicate that unchanging message is our calling and changing that message is heresy. Let’s be faithful to God’s truth and take that good news to the world. Jesus saves and He is Lord. Our job is to point people to Him. He can and will handle the rest.


A lot of people, including some new friends have asked me about gifts, talents and calling. I am thinking through a more extensive post or project on the topic, but I decided to crystallize some basic thoughts over at my web-comic CREACHER. These are just the basics, more to come.


I just saw a Huffington Post piece that said the holiday classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is problematic. My first response was “Well, duh, what took you so long?” They point out that the reindeer was bullied and mistreated, and I thought “Man, you folks at the Huffington Post are so woke.” (See what I did there, I used the wrong tense of the term awakened to seem “hip” and “trendy” and “cool.”) The movie came out in 1964, when I was just over 1 year old, (you do the math) and I have been watching it literally my entire life and if it took the writers at Huffington Post this long to figure out the problems with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I feel genuinely sorry for them. As a bullied kid, I figured it out pretty quickly. Now please do us a favor, don’t launch a campaign to protect us from it. Strange as it seems, the problems with the movie are a big part of what makes it a classic. See there was a time when villains were bad and good guys were good and it was pretty remarkably easy to tell the difference. Of course the antagonists are bigoted, that’s kind of the point. Bigotry is bad and overcoming it is good.

One tweet shown into clip said “Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick.” Okay first off, I can see a allusion to racism, well maybe, though I would argue all the reindeer are of the same species and the difference is more about a difference in ability than race, and the film shows that difference does not have to be a liability. And “homophobia” I missed the part where Rudolph was gay. I’m sure Clarice would be surprised. Someone needs to learn that misused outrage cheapens your position. As far as Santa goes. I’ve never been a fan, so the idea that he’s imperfect is good with me. Maybe seeing him with some flaws, will direct our hearts and minds away from the imperfect to the perfect one this holiday is actually all about.

At the end of the day, if it took you 54 years to understand there are problems with the way the other characters treat Rudolph, you’ve lived a charmed life. Rudolph overcomes the garbage people threw at him, showed his difference to be a very useful asset and saves the day. That make him a hero, someone who overcomes the bullies and the bigots, maybe even changing their beliefs in the process.

As a child and even through my teens, I was bullied, sometimes horribly so. The story of Rudolph in my early years, helped me to see it just might get better, and it did. Don’t deprive kids of this silly little kids story that actually shows one can overcome all kinds of adversity and gives some hope.

This politically correct nonsense has got to be stopped.


I came up this quote from Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote while reading c.J. Casciotta’s book Get Weird and I think it perfectly sums up the courage required to live a creative life. Let’s see if you agree.

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be practical is madness. To surrender dreams—this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness—and the maddest of all: to see life as it is and not as it should be.

It’s funny how much this lines up with the book I’m currently writing. It’s a book about a young man under pressure to give up his dream and embrace someone else’s reality. I think Cervantes nailed it. To look at this life as it is, to look at this world as it is, without the desire to make it better is the epitome of madness.

What do you think?