Summer Baking: Lemony Lemon Brownies

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Summer has finally arrived here in the Great White North, and for me, few things say “summer” better than my homemade strawberry cake and the sweet-but-tart lemon brownies that I’m going to share with you today. Continue reading

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Wanting To Do Good But Doing Evil: Being a Christian Doesn’t Mean You No Longer Sin

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“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Continue reading

The Protection of The LORD

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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 

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Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone: Why I’m Booting the Reboot

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When I saw this announcement from the gossip/news site TV Line hit my inbox yesterday, I sighed. But not in relief.

I’m sure this will be an unpopular opinion with many people, but I was legitimately hoping that this new “Twilight Zone” reboot would get cancelled. The renewal of a show that you feel is terrible is almost as bad as seeing a good show that you like get cancelled, don’t you think?

As regular readers here well know, I am a die-hard fan of the original Twilight Zone. I think it’s one of the greatest television series of all time, and I believe that in another 60 years, we’ll still be talking about it and enjoying it.

When I saw that it was once again being “rebooted”, honestly I rolled my eyes and didn’t even want to watch it. It’s been hailed as “a modern reimagining of the beloved 1960s sci-fi anthology,” with pre-premiere reviews saying things like, “the show proves itself a worthy successor to the original while updating its familiar formula for the modern world we live in.” (TVLine editor Dave Nemetz)

Mhmm. I just LOVE words like “updating” and “modern”. Continue reading

Making the Unbelievable Believable: Vincent Price on Playing the Villain, Elizabethtown, KY, 1980

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Scene: 7:00 AM, your alarm goes off. You reluctantly drag yourself out of bed, thinking, oh, great — another dreary day of high school. And that afternoon, when you’re called out of class for an assembly, you’re still counting down the minutes until home-time.

And then it happens. The greatest moment of your life so far. You get seated in the auditorium with your friends, and suddenly, the principal introduces…..

Vincent Price!

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Gallery Feature: Lenten Cross

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I started working as an artist pretty much right out of high school. My ultimate dream was always to illustrate Bible symbolism, with “Have one of your paintings hanging in the Vatican” sitting prominently (and probably unattainably) at the very top of my Life’s Bucket List. In high school, I caught a bit of flack from teachers who thought there was too much religious emphasis in my work, but sometimes your heart is where it is, and the only question is are you going to embrace that passion or ignore it.

I chose to embrace it, even though I don’t get to embrace it as often or as fully as I’d like.

Years ago, I created what I considered to be my masterpiece; an enormous painting heavily laden with Bible symbolism which I chronicled in a multi-part blog series (the final part which I still have not written, good grief, Wendy, seriously) titled “Armageddon“. It was a true labor of love, if ever such a thing existed, and if you haven’t read my blog series about it, please feel free to pop over and enjoy.

Usually religious works are done just for me, with wildlife, nature scenes, and my personal creativity outlet, still-life portraits, building up the bulk of my commission jobs. But every once in a while, the opportunity to create a piece of religious art for someone springs up and I pounce on it.

The commission I just completed was a Lenten Cross. The client didn’t call it that, but after he described, “a cross with purple robe hanging over an arm”, I knew that he was talking about what is commonly referred to as a Lenten Cross. Continue reading

Gallery Feature: Rainbow Trout

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time down at the man-made dam behind my house — fishing. The creek here has always been filled with beautiful Speckled Trout. While I no longer care much for the act of fishing (or the act of even eating fish, tbh), some of my best memories are of my dad and I sitting down by the creek, fishing for trout.

My last commission was another in the series of wildlife paintings I’m producing for a client’s book. I had fully intended to blog about each one as I went along, but you may have noticed that the last Gallery Feature I did was the Pacific Tree Frog — exactly one year ago this month.

The lack of posting about my work, however, is not indicative of a lack of work, and 2018 will forever hold a special place in my heart as the year I had more commissions than I knew what to do with.

Happily, this year is also already commission-heavy, and the first piece of 2019 was a Rainbow Trout. Continue reading

Doing What Is Good

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Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.

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Fact vs Fiction: Should We Really Blur the Line When It Comes to Society’s Obsession With Romanticizing Killers?

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The recent Netflix documentary series “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” has created quite a bit of noise online. But probably not for the reason you think.

It shouldn’t really be surprising that even 30 years after his death, America’s most notorious serial killer is still captivating people with the same tools he used to literally get away with murder: His disarmingly “boy next door” face, voice, and manner.

It’s also not a secret that serial killers have “fans”. People write them letters in prison. Women declare their undying love and devotion, and their overwhelming desire to have sex with them. It’s really sick how twisted and perverted some people’s minds are.

Now, you’d sort of hope that in today’s internet age, where a single tweet can be heard around the world in 20 seconds, that people could show SOME level of decorum and keep their inappropriate thoughts to themselves.

I know, who am I kidding? The very definition of “internet” should be, “The place where you say whatever BS pops into your shriveled and empty little head, regardless of how absolutely moronic it is.”

So suffice it to say, I guess quite a few people took to Twitter after watching the documentary series to declare how “hot” they thought Ted Bundy was.

Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. Continue reading