Francisco de Zurbarán Spanish, 1598–1664, The Crucifixion

facing the cross: tuesday of holy week

Last fall as part of my sabbatical I stayed a week in Chicago. Much of my time was spent at the Art Institute of Chicago where I encountered this striking painting by the Spainish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. An imposing piece, nearly 10 feet high, it easily holds its own across the gallery hall from El Greco’s…

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facing the cross – monday of holy week

“Writing is not describing. Painting is not depicting.” –Georges Braque Paintings of the crucifixion litter the annals of art history. During Holy Week as I’m finishing up details for worship services to come, I’m taking personal time to pause with a few paintings of the crucifixion scene that are thought-provoking for me. I invite you…

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palm sunday 2015

One of the many blessings of being a part of a Disciples of Christ congregation is the freedom to veer from the Lectionary when needed. The Sunday before Easter offers two options: Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday. One may choose to focus on the celebration of Palm Sunday and hope that the congregants will return…

preaching art journal - lent 5b

worship pieces for lent 5b

So many rich images and worship possibilities in this week’s lectionary readings! In John 12:20-33 the image of a grain of wheat falling into the earth to die has such vibrant energy. And even though I grew up in the great agricultural regions of southern Illinois, I can’t imagine wheat fields without thinking of Van…