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Mecha Moses

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I honestly don’t know why there is a Mecha Moses on this Ain’t It Cool News poster from 2008, but I like it:

Mecha Moses

What other Old Testament figures would you like to see mechanized? Steam Punk Abraham? Cyber Joseph?

Designing through the Bible

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Many people read through the Bible. One writer blogged through the Bible. Now Jim LePage, a creative graphic designer, is designing through the Bible:

Exodus

Ezekiel

Hosea

Check out the rest of the beautiful designs on LePage’s website. Have you ever read through the Bible in a year? Besides blogging and designing through the Bible, what other through-the-Bible-’s can you think of?

The (Awesome) See-through Comic

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The Awesome Ghost of Bailey Jones There are still some things you can do with paper that you can’t do on a screen. Yes, there’s a Flash version of “The Awesome Ghost of Bailey Jones,” but it is vastly inferior to the double-sided PDF you can download and print. (I found this comic on cartoonist Scott McCloud’s blog.)

Since it is double-sided, hold the printed comic up to the light, and a previously unseen element of the story is revealed. I want to print a comic on those overhead transparencies for inkjet printers (since they don’t have any other purpose any more now that everyone uses PowerPoint). You could stack two or three, and each one would reveal a new level of the story. I just haven’t thought of a story that would benefit from being told this way yet.

While the presentation of “The (Awesome) Ghost of Bailey Jones” is creative, the content is somewhat muddled. The title seems to infer that the comic is about ghosts, but both characters have wings making them look more like angels. Making it even more confusing, when the title character becomes a ghost/angel, he has horns. Is he a ghostly angelic demon? On top of that, the comic seems to make light of suicide.

Some art is all style on no substance. A see-through comic is pretty cool, but there’s not much substance here. Does a comic have to have a strong story or is it sometimes okay just to look really cool? What other cool ways of presenting a comic can you think of?

Unusual Church Buildings

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Unusual Church in Iceland

I am fascinated by unusual church buildings. The above is a church in Iceland. Village of Joy has a list of twenty interesting churches.

Can architecture—just like singing—be a form of worship? How do your surroundings effect your worship? ThinkChristian asks: What role does the building play in worship?

Anonymous Confessions through Art

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One of my favorite websites is PostSecret. The idea behind PostSecret is simple. Share a secret on a postcard. Anonymously mail it to PostSecret. Every Sunday the coordinator for this art project will share some of the postcards online.

Frank Warren, the creator of PostSecret, has published five books of postcards he’s collected.

I’m going to add a viewer’s discretion advised disclaimer. Many of these secrets include profanity and nudity.

John the Baptist by Caravaggio

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John the Baptist by Caravaggio

The artist Caravaggio is one of my favorite painters—certainly, my favorite of the baroque movement. Caravaggio used deep darks in contrast with bright highlights. This use of lighting makes his paintings very dramatic.

I’ve only seen a painting by Caravaggio in person once. It’s one of the many images he painted of John the Baptist. It was a the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. Seeing it in person made a huge difference from seeing it in art history books and online. I remember being fascinated by the subject’s knee. I could actually see swirls of the paint—the artist’s brushstrokes. It was wonderful to see all the colors that photographs can’t reproduce. And the scale of it made an impression. The canvas is over six feet tall.

This painting is probably my favorite I’ve ever seen. I’m ready to visit again. What paintings inspire you?

The Bible: Brick by Brick

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There are dozens of translations of the Bible available. One of my favorites is the Brick Testament. The Brick Testament is the brainchild of Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGOs to illustrate over 400 Biblical stories.

Lego Last Supper

The illustrations on his website have been collected and printed in a series of books.

My favorite story is heaven as described in Revelation.

Please note that Mr. Smith illustrates some of the less wholesome Biblical stories.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever built with LEGOs?

Auto Polo

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On Monday Christina Garza discussed the use of martial arts in ministry. Maybe martial arts isn’t your thing. Maybe you’d prefer auto polo:

Auto Polo

Shorpy posts high-resolution photos from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They offer a fascinating look at history.

Do you have any really old photos? Maybe a picture of your great-great-grandparents? Get nostalgic in the comments.

Shia LaBeouf Shaves with a Manly Straight Razor

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Shia LaBeouf Shaving I have a confession to make: I watched Even Stevens when I was in high school. I know most people would consider that too old for the Disney Channel, but I enjoyed the series. LeBeouf has came along way since his humble Disney Channel beginnings. He’s starring in almost every movie coming out this year.

Shia LaBeouf may be rich and famous, but he is searching for answers to life’s questions just like you and me. Money and fame can’t answer those questions. Only God can. Parade recently did a photo shoot and interview (“I’m Proud of Growing Up Poor” and “The Mixed-Up Life of Shia LaBeouf”) with LeBeouf. Here are some of the comments he made:

Shia LaBeouf Diving

  • “If you look at our Billboard Top 100, a lot of those songs on there are from Christian country artists. A lot of rappers, too, are very Christian. The fact that [religion] is even still talked about is kind of wild to me. I think my generation understands it, but they are too selfish to let it matter.”
  • “Sometimes I feel I’m living a meaningless life, and I get frightened.”
  • “I don’t handle fame well. Most actors on most days don’t think they’re worthy. I have no idea where this insecurity comes from, but it’s a God-sized hole. If I knew, I’d fill it, and I’d be on my way.”
  • “I don’t give a damn about the money anymore.”
  • “Why did the love of my life and I break up? Man, I have no idea. What was that all about? I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven’t a damn clue! What is life about? I don’t know. What I do know is, I screw up, and I know that I’m working on myself to be a better person.”

Unfortunately, we are unable of becoming “a better person” on our own. We “all have sinned and fall[en] short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our problem really is “God-sized.” Only Jesus can save us from our sins. I join Christianity Today in praying that LeBeouf may find him.

Did you watch Even Stevens? What’s your favorite Shia LaBeouf movie? Do you ever find yourself asking some of the questions LaBeouf asked above? If you could say one thing to LaBeouf, what would it be? Confess in the comments.

Do Televisions Have Souls?

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The Western Nostril - TV Evangelist Comic Strip

On Monday Emily Whelchel shared with us about her trip to Africa. The Western Nostril is a comic strip from South Africa by brothers Patrick and Alex Latimer. The strip is filled with wordplay like the pun above. And one of the characters is always wearing a colander as a hat. Don’t ask why.

What are your favorite comic strips? Do you have any puns of your own? Make us laugh in the comments.

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