Cultural Jesus (and update on Art Therapy School)

Mini update on me (and then we’ll get right into this week’s post).

This week I’ve been so very busy with a new part of my life that I can’t wait to put to use. My week has been filled with learning to instruct Therapeutic Art, and most likely by the time you’ve read this I’ll have completed my course work and only have a final exam to write and submit.

Looking forward to bringing this into places and souls that need a bit of light and healing.

Which really is all of us, right?

I think what I love most is that art skills for the participant are NOT required in this type of work – in fact almost not desired. I’ve seen amazing work from the 30-year skilled professional artist to the “I don’t like art” finger-painting novice. I’ve hands-on witnessed how this has worked for me, but more importantly how it works with those that have no concept of Therapeutic Art. I’ve watched people express the most amazing things through color and pushing and pulling paint off a canvas. This is undercover HOLY SPIRIT work – because it’s not religious in nature – but everyone is spiritually moved.

It stirs me to see wounded soldiers, battered women, orphan children, poverty-stricken lives, Bible study/small groups, and inmates benefit from one group session of this instruction. I’m honored to be bringing this to my home area – and can’t wait to see what doors God opens and where I will be a conduct – a segue – for someone to find ways of expressing hope – despair – and God all within the confines of a canvas.

This is truly beautiful work. I’ve listed this work over on my non-profit webpage: createHEART – these classes are specifically called SOUL’ution Workshops.  If you are at all interested for yourself or your small group, life-group, grief-share, divorce-care, childrens-group, senior-group, etc… contact me – let’s talk – and we can get a session set up right away. I’m offering discounted sessions during August and September to launch this work. Once you’ve had a taste of this, you’ll want to do it again and share it with all your friends…. it’s just that exciting! It’s just that amazing.

ALRIGHT – on to the funny quicky post I wanted to share with you.

So, I must confess – this was from one of those emails that floats around the internet and is forwarded beyond control.  Luckily it didn’t come with a “pray this prayer 7 times” and “forward to 7 people you love” or “send to everyone in your email address – that is unless you’re ashamed to be a Christian”.

Nope, no threats just a good laugh and more importantly it came from my mom; and that means I read it, because if it strikes her funny or thought provoking – then I’m up for reading it.  And it giggled me enough to take up a Friday post to share it with you.  Or maybe I’m just being lazy…it has been a busy week for me.  🙂

Anyways, as we all know, NO ONE, seems to know or agree on Jesus’s skin color – and I loved how this played up on that fact and stereotypes we all associate with various cultures.  Enjoy… ? (I hope)

Don’t get all uncomfortable and weird now! Even GOD ENJOYS A GOOD LAUGH!

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There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:
1. He called everyone brother
2. He liked Gospel
3. He didn’t get a fair trial

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
1. He went into His Father’s business
2. He lived at home until he was 33
3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with His hands
2. He had wine with His meals
3. He used olive oil

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian:
1. He never cut His hair
2. He walked around barefoot all the time
3. He started a new religion

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:
1. He was at peace with nature
2. He ate a lot of fish
3. He talked about the Great Spirit

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:
1. He never got married..
2. He was always telling stories.
3. He loved green pastures.

But the most compelling evidence of all – 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman
1. He fed a crowd at a moment’s notice when there was virtually no food.
2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it…
3. And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do…!

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Well, if you didn’t get offended (which really why should you?!?!) and you got a laugh – then God Bless You. And if you didn’t like it – well God Bless You too (and may He bless you with something today that makes you laugh or smile).

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2 thoughts on “Cultural Jesus (and update on Art Therapy School)

  1. LOL – That is awesome! And so has experiencing Art school with you. I can’t wait to bring this out into our community!

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