These are three images I made during the Advent season in 2016. Here’s what I wrote about the images….
I love Christmas. I love the lights. The music (non-stop til the 25th!). I love any reason to party.
But this year it just feels empty. The world has always been chaotic…. but after a divisive and exhausting election, images of innocent carnage in Aleppo, the overwhelming stream of information that mostly tells us that we’re all doomed…. lights, tinsel, and Starbucks cups just don’t seem to matter. The aesthetics of safe shepherds, safe stables, safe and secure stars, angels, wise men, etc…. just don’t make sense.
They don’t make sense in this world on the brink of fear and despair.
Vulnerability is scary. It’s a risk and it costs.
Everything about the coming of Yahweh in the form of a fragile baby is vulnerable. The powerlessness. The chaos of not having a sanitized place to birth. The shocking biology of it all. I’ve witnessed two births and both brought me to tears. It’s a beautiful experience… but not in any safe way. The water, the blood, the body fluids.
So much comes out when a baby is born. Sometimes the mother poops when a baby is born. Nobody puts that in their baby books.
Jesus was born just like us. In all of goopy humanity. There is something overwhelming sacred this year for me to meditate on that. That he was born of blood… like we are. That he partook in the powerless vulnerability of coming into the world… like we feel. That he was born into the shit…. which we never seem to get out of.
Go Santa. Go presents. Go eggnog. Go all of it.
But for me the magic of Christmas this year is knowing that He’s always been in the shit with us. And still is. And always will be. .
Many of you have asked for the opportunity to purchase these prints. You can click the photo and you will be directed the place where that can happen!!!
Excited to announce some WE ARE NOT TROUBLED GUESTS shows coming up this month!
1/12 – Atlanta, GA
House show. Only limited seats so you must email me to reserve your place. Click here for more info.
1/13 – Chattanooga, TN
The Camp House. 7:30pm. Click here for more info.
1/26 – Nashville, TN
Blood Water Office. 7:30pm. Click here for more info
2/6 – Tulsa, OK
Cirque Coffee. 7:30pm. Click here for more info
LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU!!!
In celebration of the miracle that was the 7th game of the World Series… I made this image. Many of you asked for prints…. and I think I’ll have some issues with copyright stuff…
so here’s a free poster
It’s a 8.5×11 inch image. You should be able to print it anywhere there are printers.
Many of you asked for prints of these images I created in Houston a few weeks ago. So… here they are!
These images were painted live alongside Pastor Gideon Tsang as he preached at Ecclesia Houston on 07/02/16. He preached on Jesus washing the disciples feet and how we enter into this pattern of belovedness.
Honestly. I went to this horrible church service recently. It was awful. It was awful because it was churchy for church sake. Layers and layers upon activities and statements that didn’t sound like they had anything to with life outside of this building. They only made sense in this particular practice. And my biggest beef is that the word worship has been taken and defined to mean a very particular activity. So I decided to and my two cents in this video…..
And as always…. I made some art about it.
You should get one of these. : )
So pumped to be coming back to Austin! I’ll be doing a few things throughout the weekend.. so come around and lets high five.
Sunday 06/08 – Vox Veniae & WANTG
11AM– I will be painting at the Sunday liturgy of Vox Veniae.
7PM – WE ARE NOT TROUBLED GUESTS
I will be performing WANTG at the Byron & Blue space located in east Austin… right next to Brew & Brew. The performance will begin at 7pm and end roughly around 830. It’s a suggested $5-$10 donation at the door… and I’ll be bringing some original artwork that you can pick up from me after the show.
Then we are inviting anyone (who would like to stick around and chat) next door to Brew & Brew to have a conversation about doubt, faith, and where we find ourselves in this journey we are one. I’m excited to be doing this with my friend Aaron Hale of the Sons and Doubters podcast.
It’s going to be a killer night!
Monday 06/09 – Theology Live
I’ll be the presenter at Round Rock’s Theology Live series on this night. You can’t go wrong! Not only will there be beer… but I’m planning on bringing some good stuff this night. Hope to see you out.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fire in the Hole
103 E. Main Street
Downtown Round Rock
Can’t wait to be with y’all!