St. Stephen

St. Stephen
St. Stephen

Work in progress. This is  32″x72″ piece to be donated to St. Stephen’s Church in Coconut Grove. I will discuss how it came to be later. First let me discuss the elements of the piece.

St. Stephen was the first martyr of what was forming as the Christian church. He was murdered somewhere around 34AD in Jerusalem. According to historians, at the time the Greek speaking Hebrews were at odds with the Hebrews native to Israel. They (the Greek-speeking Hebrews) felt they weren’t getting their fair share of the social welfare work being done in the city. The original apostles were stretched too thin and so they decided to hand select a group of “deacons” to oversee the effort. Continue reading “St. Stephen”

Three Buddha

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The young lady who purchased this piece, Abi, asked about its back story. Abi, since the story is so rich, I have chosen to share it on this forum. I hope this works for you.

Three. Three is the threshold for self/spiritual/knowledge. Three is important because it brings dimension. Two is a dyad. Something is hot or cold or somewhere in-between. When we reference the world, particularly the spiritual world in the triad (as opposed to the dyad) we begin to find insight.

Body/Mind/Spirit. Ego/Id/Superego, Father/Son/Holy spirit…these high concepts can only begin to be explained in threes. In each case, each is a part of the whole, but, not the whole.  Perhaps the most direct explanation is he mystery of Christianity. One God, three parts.  It is an extremely difficult idea to get one’s arms around. Continue reading “Three Buddha”

I’m Here to Learn a Lesson?

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Few things make me crazier than hearing someone say, “God is trying to teach me a lesson.”  Really?

The all powerful, omnipotent, creator of everything seen and unseen is treating you like a pet?  Go on the papers not on the rug?  I marvel at the extreme vastness and peculiarity of the universe. And then I think of how much trouble it must be to create all of that…just to teach lessons.

God is love. True love . Nothing more, nothing less. Imagine how small a God would have to be if He/She were to be preoccupied watching every move our species made in order to make sure we doing the right thing…not peeing on the carpet?

No my God is greater than that. He created nature as in the “nature of things.’ As in it is the nature of an object to fall toward earth. We call this mysterious nature gravity, but, it just is. We learn the nature of gravity at our earliest stages. We fall until we can walk.

Much in the same way, we learn the nature of right/wrong, moral/immoral, self/humanity, etc.

Just thinking on a Sunday morning.