take your soul

While I was drawing this cartoon, I was listening to "Elysium", the theme song from the film Gladiator. Now there was a man who, even though they took everything else, didn't let them take his soul.Even though Jesus didn't say these words, I think they are heard.(I'm still inviting new members to join my more intimate site, davidhayward. Some amazing stories, as well as resources for spiritual transition!)Purchase the original drawing, or purchase a print of this drawing. … [Read more...]

nobody understands my pain

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do something

If anything, the gospel tells the story of something accomplished. Done. Finished. Complete. Total. Final. The transformation of one reality into another. A new way of seeing. A new way of being.Do you need to talk? My rates are reasonable. email me … [Read more...]

fat men and the cross

"many live as enemies of the cross... their god is their stomach" (Philippians 3: 18, 19)Things haven't changed.Have they? … [Read more...]

question everything

Question absolutely everything! Questions are a most excellent way of dismantling our present illusions and opening the mind to new dimensions of thought and even wisdom.If something cannot withstand the question then it doesn't deserve to stand.Question everything, despite the cost!GALLERY                 BOOKS … [Read more...]

Jesus Giving You a Hand

The cross cannot be avoided. Take it up or it will take you up.One way or another you will find yourself upon it.Check out my books that are full of cartoons. Check out my my gallery to buy originals and prints. … [Read more...]

God, I’m dying here!

What do you do when you are in your darkest hour? What do you say when you see no way out? What can be done when you find yourself crying, "God, I'm dying here"?Like Jesus on the cross, I can only see three things to do:First, admit that you are dying. You finally see the factual finality of the death that has slipped over you. Something is certainly coming to an end. It is not necessarily a momentary trial to test you and tomorrow everything will be back to normal. A death of some kind has … [Read more...]

to be like Jesus

Bottom line: Be careful what you pray for. Be careful what you want. You might just get it.Our soul's deepest yearnings might be to be good, wise and compassionate. But it takes a gruelling education to get there.It's called the cross of life. … [Read more...]

men managing the cross

I titled this "men managing the cross" because, upon observation, this seems generally to be the case when it comes to the church. Although, individually, both men and women are prone to manage the cross.W. H. Auden wrote, in The Age of Anxiety: We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the present And let out illusions die. Not only do we do this personally. Communities do as well. Visionary thinking in the church is compounded effort to … [Read more...]

love everybody

I believe in love and its power to transform the world. But I am not naive enough to think it is a sentimental notion... all touchy-feely with warm fuzzies. It's an austere road that takes courage to travel. When someone says "Why can't we all just love one another?", sometimes I wonder if they are aware of just how dangerous that is?Actually, no one has said it better than James Fowler in his book Stages of Faith. In reference to stage 6, or "Universalizing Faith", the stage that few people … [Read more...]