He is Risen! She is Risen!

dell and mike

It is a triumphant song.  I have loved it since I was a child.  I even composed my own, majestic arrangement of it during my teen yers.  it's the sort of song you could imagine being sung at a coronation.It has many more meanings to me now than it had when I created my own version of it all those years ago.He is risen:My brother, Bobby. On Dad's birthday in 1982, my brother (his son) was pinned to the earth, his hips crushed, by a falling stadium gate.  When my mother entered the ER, … [Read more...]

Caves, Cloisters, and Temples

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Part I: CavesA year ago, I visited J. Kirk Richards's studio. I saw a large, mid-creation painting. A few of his students had worked on the piece, filling in the details. It was clear that this work represented a community in an enclosed area, but I couldn't guess who they were. The suggestion of Christ outside the cave was just a suggestion. What was the Savior doing? In the early rendition, there were no women behind Jesus, but there are three in the final draft. Who are they? Why … [Read more...]


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