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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will realize that offense is a huge problem in our society, with people seeming to go out of their way to look for things by which to be offended. I bought this book for research on a series of messages on offense and being offended. I was not disappointed. Brant Hansen directs the idea that we have a right to be angry, and as much as we may want to kick against that idea, he’s right. This book combines real life examples, biblical teaching and some of the most challenging ideas on this topic I have ever seen. This book should be a mega best seller because every man, woman and child on the face of the earth should read it and the world would be a MUCH better place if they did.


So let’s start with the basics. Yes I’m still alive. I know it’s been longer between posts than it’s been probably since I started this blog, but I have a good excuse…

I’ve been trying to create non-flammable art.

That’s right I’ve been trying to create art that won’t burn. It’s not easy, but you should try it because the end result is out of this world. It’s so liberating working this way. Usually, we artists focus on being meticulous, creating things of beauty, composition, form, and a whole bunch of other things and while that still has a place in the process, it pales in comparison to the biggest challenge—making something that won’t burn.

You might be thinking, “What kinds of materials would you use? Metals?” Well one might try that, but I didn’t. You might wonder, “Well who would try to burn your art anyway? And how would you know if it was non-flammable unless you burned it? No gallery or museum would allow it and no one in their right mind is going to pay money for art for the purpose of burning it. Dave this is a pointless exercise.” No, the truth is there is a greater point to this experiment than for any other and if you’re a Christian in the arts, this is something you need to embrace, because one thing I can tell you for sure…

It’s all gonna burn…

By now you probably realize, I’m talking about something bigger than making great art. The apostle Paul spoke about building our lives and our efforts on the foundation of Christ. Here’s what he wrote in1 Corinthians 3:11-15:

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

You see this week I’ve been finishing up a week of presentations for some of God’s favorite children. (I don’t know that He actually has favorites, but if he did, these people would be among them.) I’ve been writing and drawing and painting and animating and prepping and tweaking and adjusting. I’m going to speed paint eight times and preach ten times in eight days. I’ve been working like a crazy person to get ready for this. When I am done, none of it will be museum quality. I’m not sure I even have museum quality in me, but I don’t care about being in a museum. Museums and masterpieces are going to burn. No, what I am praying for is that God allows me to “paint on hearts.” That He will allow the work that I do to touch hearts and open people to His love and grace, not to mention His plan and purpose, and most importantly His salvation. You see, everything I make with my hands will one day cease to exist, but if He works through me and my work to touch hearts…

That’s non-flammable art.

I pray He helps you make some too. There’s nothing better.

So I don’t really know much about Jonathan Mooney. He’s someone who struggled with dyslexia who people counted out, and today he is someone rethinking education. I don’t know more than that about his story, but I do know this speech he gave is what I have been saying for years. Caution, he used a “seven-letter four-letter word” but this message is dead on. Everyone has a gift. Everyone, every single person has at least one thing that they can use to make a great life and make the world a better place. Check it out.

Thanks Goalcast for another inspiring message.

I really have no business in commenting on basketball. I don’t really watch it very much. I posted a little while ago about the debate as to who is the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. i don’t know as much about LeBron as I probably should. I know he’s a human highlight reel and I have seen him do some amazing things as I pedal the stationary bike at the gym in the morning. I think at the time I said that it was almost apples and oranges and without a time machine we would never know. I agreed with Kareem Abdul Jabaar (probably another GOAT candidate), that there is no GOAT. By the way if you’re not up on the vernacular, that stands for the Greatest Of All Time, but this post is not about Basketball.

No this week, LeBron and his foundation opened a school he and his foundation built. Yes, he went back into his old neighborhood in Akron Ohio and gave something back, something really big. Not only that but he has guaranteed a college scholarship to every kid who graduates from this school. I don’t know if this makes him the GOAT, but it does qualify him for being a great man.

As I look at this, I also get a bit of a rude awakening. This man is all of 33 years old. In other words he is a young man, young enough to be playing professional basketball, and he has already made considerable contributions to our world, this is just the latest. About now you might want to say, “Well of course he can do this. He makes millions of dollars to play basketball.” Do yourself a favor. Don’t go there. It’s true, odds are you’re not 6’9.” Maybe you’re not athletic. Maybe you don’t have millions of dollars at your disposal. Maybe you’re not a lot of things that Mr. James is. That’s not what’s at issue here. Mr. James saw something that could be done in service to others, and he is using the considerable gifts he has been given to do something that makes a difference. You have considerable gifts too, things given to you by a loving God to touch lives, bless people and glorify Him. If we compare ourselves and our resources to Mr. James, we’ll likely feel like we come up short, but we all have something and we are all surrounded by need. Ask yourself, “How can I use what I have to make a difference?” and do that.

Mr. James, I know you probably won’t read this, but if you do, I salute you and I want to say thank you for making a difference with what you have been given. You are an inspiration. Also please remember, Mr. Barkley was wrong. You are a role model. Thank you for being a good one.

I was reading David Jeremiah’s new book, 31 Days to Happiness, which by the way will be one of the resources we will use in our study of the book of Ecclesiastes in a few weeks. In the chapter I am reading right now, Jeremiah is writing about the easy way versus the right way and he shares some insights into the way Jesus was tempted in the desert. Satan made three proposals to Jesus:

“If you want food (Jesus had been fasting for 40 days), just turn these stones into bread.”

“If you want fame, just leap from this temple , into the arms of angels.”

“If you want followers, just bow down to me.”

The devil knew exactly where Jesus was going, but he suggested the wrong ways to get there.

Yes, Jesus wanted food, but he needed fasting, not fast food.

Yes, Jesus wanted fame, but through the way of the cross, not ways that were crass.

Yes, Jesus wanted followers, but through victory over sin, not by giving sin the victory.

The testing of Jesus was all about convenience versus commitment.

Which are you seeking?

The reason is simple. I get to create stuff that will help and bless others. Case in point. This Friday, my church will be doing our one day arts day VBS. We don’t quite have everything we need to do a full week of Bible school (YET!) so instead we have this one day, creative bonanza where the kids come in and make art, have fun and learn about Jesus all day. It is a lot of fun. Our theme this year is the New Creature workshop. In the morning we’ll look at what it means to be a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) while we paint interesting creatures as a reminder. Then in the afternoon we’ll look at one of the great benefits of being a new creature in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit. Nine evidences that the spirit of the Living God is living and active in the life of every believer. I wanted to create a way to help the students learn this powerful verse. So with the help of an unknown rapper named AMOS AMOK (He might sound familiar) I made this video. It was a lot of fun and I really think it might be helpful to a lot of churches. If you’re in another church and you think this might be useful, feel free to download it and use it. I’m sure AMOS won’t mind.