“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



My son is a successful graphic artist in the book publishing industry, but his real love is working with pencil and charcoal.  I't a dichotomy about him that I love. He makes his living at two extremes of visual arts: Computer and the original art form. I asked about this. He held up a piece of charcoal and said "It all began here." He is going so far as to make his own charcoal with fire and incomplete combustion of wood.

Dean usually draws the human face and you can see much of his work on Facebook at Dean Pickup art

He completely surprised me with his most recent piece (above). He called it MERCY. I asked him why he chose that title.  He said, "Only the powerful can give mercy. The powerless receive it." Good point. This charcoal drawing will mean different things to different people.

To Christians viewing MERCY, they may think of Aslan from C.S. Lewis' Narnia book series. A Muslim may think the lion represents Allah. The secularist will image a lion choosing not to devour it's prey.

Prints of MERCY can be ordered from Dean Pickup art.


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