01/24/15

A Jezebelian Kind of Thing

Part 1 in the Series:

The Spirit of Jezebel

By Don Enevoldsen

I donJezebel Eye’t usually give much attention to personal prophecy. They are usually uplifting, encouraging words (usually), but so general in content that they don’t really mean much. “God will bless you.” “You will have the victory.” That sort of thing. Maybe they’re from God or maybe they are fellow believers wishing me well. Either way they’re nice to hear, and spoken at the right time, they are valuable. But I wouldn’t make any life-changing decisions on the basis of most of them.

01/18/15

Logos

CT Word Study-logos“Word of God” is a phrase used widely in evangelical circles as a synonym for “Bible,” though according to the Gospel of John, Jesus is the Word. In the Word of Faith churches I’ve been associated with (and to a slightly lesser degree in many other churches, as well), this has led to a peculiar interchange of “Bible” and “Jesus,” with only the vaguest and often superstitious notion of how they connect. In fact, the New Testament word for “Word” has a rich history and meaning.

01/11/15

Disciple

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I never liked discipleship programs. And by inference, I’ve always had a kind of revulsion for the idea of discipleship. At least at a visceral level. Intellectually I know that Jesus called us to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). In fact, the Great Commission does not send us out to make converts; it specifically charges us with making disciples. There is an assumption in the teaching of Jesus that anyone who becomes a convert will also be a disciple.

01/1/15

A New Continuation

By Don Enevoldsen

In six days it will be one year since I last posted a blog. There are reasons for that, which I will get to. Procrastination only accounts for the past couple of months. It’s been an eventful year.

A few years ago—about eight, actually—Christina and I started a journey that few who knew us ten years ago would have ever predicted. I’m not sure what to call it, except to say that it encompassed going against the grain in the most public and visible ways. From the beginning, we wanted more than anything to articulate truth, no matter where it took us and no matter what it cost.

01/7/14

The Importance of Artists

Part 20 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

“You just had to be there.”

Most of us have said these words at one time or another. We wanted to describe an experience or something we saw, but words failed us. So to emphasize the point that it was an extraordinary moment, we resort to an expression that says, “I can’t tell you what it was like, but it was great. To really understand how great it was, you would have had to be there and experience it yourself. You just had to be there.”

01/1/14

Part of a Community

Part 19 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

Perhaps is was because I spent so many years in a Prosperity church, but I think other pastors have made use of the Bezalel story as well. Over the years, I’ve heard numerous pastors read a portion of the passage about Bezalel, though almost never in connection with the arts. Rather it was read prior to the offering.

12/7/13

Willing to Work

Part 18 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

Moses began the Tabernacle program with an announcement to the people, describing what God had said to him, identifying Bezalel as the artist designated to manage the project and Oholiab as his number two. Then he summoned everyone who would do the work, that is, all the other artists involved. Two characteristics of the workers are identified.

“Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. (Exodus 36:2)

10/25/13

The Priesthood of Artists

Part 17 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

Defining biblical terms is often challenging. They frequently have nuances that don’t translate well into English. In addition, the biblical meaning is often clouded or obscured by the definitions of the English words.

I ran into this problem in the study of Bezalel several times. Perhaps the most intriguing is the word “teach.” One of the characteristics of a Bezalel artist concerns teaching.

And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. (Exodus 35:34)

10/18/13

Good Work and Good Works

Part 16 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

The flip side of creativity is discipline. I alluded to this in the last part because it is difficult to discuss creativity without considering discipline. In fact, the discipline part of Bezalel’s character is far more noticeable than his creativity. He was instructed to build the Tabernacle “just as the Lord has commanded.” (Exodus 36:1) With that kind of restriction, it is easy for us to overlook Bezalel’s creativity. He did far more than simply follow a blueprint—though he did follow a blueprint.

10/12/13

The Real Thing

Part 15 in the Series:

The Bezalel Blueprint

By Don Enevoldsen

Christian bookstores usually have a section with a variety of Christian art. Most of it is predictable. There will be a variety of paintings and photographs, each with a Bible verse prominently displayed somewhere in the design. There will be some images of praying hands, in both painting and statuary. A multitude of crosses will be incorporated in every imaginable form, all with heavy-handed symbolic import. What will be almost entirely lacking is subtlety.