Epic Theology

Finding God through the lens of an artist



Fall Inspiration

I sit looking out my window at the sunshine washing over rapidly changing leaves. The crabapple tree outside my townhouse is loaded with red apples, yellow and orange leaves, and a few patches of green foliage that steadfastly refuse to change colour. It can mean only one thing: fall is here!

I love when the seasons change. Usually at that point, I have become a little tired of whatever season we are coming out of and am ready for something new. Each year, Fall brings a vibrancy of colour, warm drinks, and long coats.

For those seeking to create art these days, the season change can bring a plethora of inspiration. I thought I would give you a few jumpstarts to get you moving:

Autumn in Paris
Source: Valerii Tkachenko via Wikicommons

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”
-Marc Chagall

“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye…it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”
-Edvard Munch

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
-Oscar Wilde

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
-Scott Adams

So this week, go out and paint! Sit in a coffee shop with a pumpkin spice latte and write. Put on some leg warmers and dance. Just Go! Do! Art!


Epic Update – Fall 2013

Well, readers, it has now been just about two months since I started Epic Theology, and I’m starting to get into a rhythm. I’ve been learning a lot as I go, tweaking both the site and my writing as I figure out what will best serve the conversation.

Now, however, I want to share my direction and plan for the next few months. I start school again tomorrow, which will be a consistent source of writing material, I’m sure. Especially my Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics courses, which I’m excited to be taking with two of my favourite professors. For those interested, I will also be studying Ancient Greek, so if you have any questions in that area, let me know! I probably won’t be able to help for a while, but some day I might.

This fall is extra exciting for me, as my wife and I are expecting our first child in November. My hope is that I will be able to continue writing twice a week once he arrives, but if I’m a little late, forgive my busyness. With God’s help, I will be able to keep my studies, work, family, church, and blog all running as smoothly as possible, but it will take a lot of time and energy. I appreciate all prayers that you can spare. I am also very open to words of wisdom and advice from any who wish to share. This is going to be an exciting adventure, to be sure.

As for Epic Theology, I am really looking forward to building the site up to be bigger and better over the next month or so. I have several features that I’m looking to add in the Fall:


I love writing, but I know that huge chunks of text are not always exciting to look at. To remedy this, I’m going to be dusting off my camera and practicing my photography skills. I will also be looking for submissions, as I would like to start an ongoing feature of photographs taken from the point of view of the faithful seekers. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, New Age, or whichever faith you follow, I would love the opportunity to show off your work. Message me if you want to get involved.


In order to get a more diverse voice on Epic Theology, I am going to be looking for guest writers for the next few months. This will also be a big help come November, when I’m trying to keep all my ducks in a row. If you have some thoughts that you have been mulling over for a while and would like to put out there, let me know, and we’ll see what happens.


As this is a blog about faith and art, I really want to start putting up art by faithful artists. Poetry, stories, paintings, sketches, macaroni pictures, whatever you do for the glory of God, I really want to share it with everyone. If you have something you would like to share on the blog, contact me!


Finally, I really want Epic Theology to be a place where artists and the faithful come not only to talk and learn, but to be encouraged in their journey as well. The faithful artist walks a hard road, and I want to help where I can. Sharing the stories of those who are traveling along this path can help us lift up each other in our times of need. Expect stories to be coming sometime this fall.

So, that’s what I would like to be doing for the next few months here on Epic Theology. A more important issue, however, is what would you like to see? More probing questions? Posts on movies and books? Longer posts, shorter posts? Let me know what you would love to see and read on the blog, and we can grow the site together. Remember, we’re all in this, we humans on earth, so we might as well work together while we’re here.


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