Monday, February 27, 2006


On Saturday I went with friends from International Christian Fellowship (do not mistake for the "International Church of Christ" cult please) to go to a Christian conference in Pittsburgh, and it was fantastic. I spent about $95 for the whole deal, and to be honest, I am not perfectly sure the conference itself was worth it. But hanging out with these people and getting to know them was worth every penny, if not more, so I am really happy I got the opportunity to go.
It is good to identify with other believers. I came away from the conference with a heavy burden for the american church though. I met a bunch of young Christians who wanted to learn about God, and that was fantastic. But what was alarming was the people they had to turn to, to learn about God. The whole evening wrapping up the conference was emotional manipulation of a sort I have rarely seen. The speaker, Tony Campolo, was a rhetorical genius. He could probably make Elijah feel guilty for not giving 1 year of his life to God in a mission trip, or donating to compassion international. He said many true things, but guys, we need to use our heads for a second. When the dialogue between speaker and crowd looks like the following:

Campolo: "So, I ask you then... Can a Christian own a BMW?"
Everyone" "NOOOOO!!!"

then it is probably time to step back for a second and re-evaluate what this guy is saying. This idea, that a Christian cannot have a BMW, is sort of an alarm bell to me. I am not so much disturbed by the claim itself, (though I would disagree with it) as I am how we are being taught to evaluate what is the right course of action to take. I can imagine 2 disasterous (moderately hyperbolized but you get the idea) scenarious that could result:

Scenario A) little Suzy Parker is 13, and has no job. Her dad is a blue collar mechanic who isn't a Christian but know's his daughter is and really wants to go to this Christian conference with her youthgroup. So, he digs into his wallet and coughs up the $95 for her. While there at the conference, Suzy who loves got and has a very tender conscience, is brought to tears about the starving child in india and promises to sponsor 3 kids for $40 a month because a great man, Tony Campolo, tells her its what God wants us to do. Unfortunately, because she does not have a job, her unbelieving and very poor father now has to shoulder the burden.

Scenario B) Fu Xiao Wang became a Christian 2 months ago, and is currently studying Aerospace Engineering. He is filled with joy, learning about Christ and abiding in his love. He plans on going back to China to be an engineer. But listening to Tony Campolo give a plug for inner city missions projects ("You gave God your LIFE but can't give him 1 year???") he loses all confidence that being an engineer is what God wants him to be and all his Joy vanishes.

People in general (how much more great teachers), should not take advantage of the tender conscience of young highschool or college Christians, in attempt to get them to make committments apart from their parent's knowledge. Neither should they declare that they know the specific will of God for an individual's life, unless it is preceded by a "thus saith the lord" and followed by a chapter and reference.

The fact that these things are being done by the greatest Christian leaders in the US is very disturbing to me. I hope it doesn't rub off onto the international Christians. Many are coming from crazy backgrounds and it is so wonderful to see the joy and change that takes place in there lives. I hope this joy, which is from God, doesn't get replaced by the "joy" we try to produce in ourselves through guilt ridden obedience to a falsly percieved will of God.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


I used a polarizer, which is why the sky is so dark. It was taken in the summer time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


This is a sketched and slightly modified copy of a cool painting done by Maxfield Parrish. It was of a boy fighting a big dragon. You can see by the time I got to the feet that I was getting impatient. The things I changed are - turning the clothes from mail into cloth (can't draw links in mail) and changing the face to a young boys. I might have changed some other stuff, can't remember.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Holy Bible

I have been guilty of a type of arrogance that likes to answer certain questions in a completely false manner. Among a few christians, when asked questions like "what are four books I could read over and over:" it is for some reason considered "un-cool" to say first and foremost "THE BIBLE!!!"

I have tried to catagorize the reasons for this vile and corrupt coverup but failed because after having tried to figure out why, all the reasons just seemed so stupid.

You should all know - my "four book I could read over and over:"

That Hideous Strength – C.S. Lewis
Till we have faces – C.S. Lewis
The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald
Empyrion: The Search for Fierra – Stephen Lawhead

was a complete lie of a list. I think I've read none of these more than twice, maybe three times. There is really, only one book worth reading over and over and over and over again. This book is God's gift to man, full of perfect wisdom the depths of which can never be fully explored. Every other book in the world will grow old and useless after some number of reads, it may take 1 it may take 400 but there is only one book that I have seen truly transform a person's life.

So in the words of a dear friend, "The bible is the most important book in the whole wide world."
And as for me, and my answers to all the cheesy 1st grade questions:

Who is your favorite person? Jesus!

What do you want to be like, when you grow up? Jesus!

Where do you wish you were right now? In Jesus' presence with my brothers and sisters.

And, what is your four favorite books you could read over and over? There's only one. Jesus' Spirit's written word, the Holy Bible.

Monday, February 13, 2006


This is an illustration of a poem from the Manyoshu:

akiyama no
momiji wo shigemi
imo wo motomemu
yamamichi shirazu mo

The mountains in autumn
there are so many fallen leaves,
looking for my lost sister
I cannot find the path.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Got tagged by Ben!

Fours: (slightly modified)

Four Jobs I Have Had:

Rusty-nail pulling
House painting
Sprinkler system repair
Gamma ray detecting scintillation tube design!!

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:

Blue Sub no. 6
The princess and the warrior

Four Books I Could Read Over and Over:

That Hideous Strength – C.S. Lewis
Till we have faces – C.S. Lewis
The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald
Empyrion: The Search for Fierra – Stephen Lawhead

Four Places I Have Lived:
Pullman, Washington
Austin, Texas
Seattle, Washington
State College, Pennsylvania

Four TV Shows I Watch(ed):
(I was too weak for TV. But when I had it, I enjoyed these)

King of the Hill
Iron Chef II
Ultimate Fighting

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation:

Quinault Rainforest Wallowa Mountains
Cascade Mountains

Four Websites I Visit Daily:(durn… now they know…)

Four Favorite Foods:

Oysters. On the half-shell. Barbecued.
Pigs in a blanket.
A good steak.
Chocolate Cheesecake

Four Places I'd Like to Be Right Now:

Sitting on a limb of a 900 foot tall, mossy, giant tree.
Or in a cave behind a waterfall
Or in an unexplored valley in the Himalayas.
Or… back home in Pullman.

Four of the best songs ever:

Takamba – Habib Koite
Melkaba – Yasunori Mitsuda
Lux Arumque – Eric Whitacre
What Wonderous Love is This - ????

Four paintings I could stare at forever:
(Not claiming these are the greatest)

The Beguiling of Merlin – Edward Burne-Jones
Ecce Ancilla Domini – Dante Gabrielle Rosetti
Maidservant Pouring Milk – Vermeer
Early Spring – Kuo Hsi

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

At the edge of the pond of heaven

Sorry guys, I'm a grader this semester and I have so much stuff to grade I won't be able to work on that painting for a little while. Here is an older one I did that I realized I hadn't posted yet

- Tim

Sunday, February 05, 2006


This was interesting.

I hadn't given it much thought until I read Davis' post but this really is incredibly ironic: The Pope defends Muhammed when a couple people in Denmark make a cartoon of him, but we never hear a peep from him when his own God is disrespected daily in a thousand different, even ruder ways.

That said, we are also fortunate to serve a God who doesn't need our protection. Burning down several norse embassies (and the Chilean embassy to boot) as a means of preserving the sanctity of the name of Allah's foremost prophet seems to me similar to the prophets on mount Carmel cutting themselves. Not because they are trying to get Allah's attention, but because the duty falls on them to arouse and defend him.

Christians serve a God that is mighty, and who doesn't need our faith or our "protection." To him the governments of the world are dust. Praise and thanks to God that he has given us, the human race, so much grace, mercy, and time to turn to back to Him, even when we have maligned his name so frequently.

" Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him."


So I've been thinking about how to do the background. If you mess it up, the whole piece is junk so I whipped up a study this afternoon to work on getting clouds right and this is it. I might have to do it over again, because it looks to splotchy.

go Seahawks!

Thursday, February 02, 2006


Here it is, tell me what you think. I am thinking at the moment that the part where the path meets the bottom of the painting needs some work. The paint will go on pretty soon though.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Back to the drawing board

I finally started drawing again. No, really. I might post some pictures of the sketches, because critiques are much more helpful when given before the ink and paint are applied.