• Art,  Christianity,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Christianity and Art: The Royal Collection & the Faith of Queen Elizabeth II

    Before the printing press and education made the Bible available to all, believers used their eyes and imagination to attempt to understand God. There was a danger of idolatry, which the Reformation sought to address, yet some paintings read like the pages of a book. On the 13 September 1940, a German bombing raid hit the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace, London. From the charred remains, the Duke of Edinburgh decided to convert the Chapel into an art gallery and display elements of the Royal Collection. I have been privileged to view the Queen’s masterpieces in several exhibitions in the Queen’s Gallery, and at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and at…

  • Art,  Christianity,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Christianity and Art: The Pre-Raphaelites

    ‘He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work…in blue, purple, and scarlet… and those who design artistic works’ (Exodus 35:35). You’ve been told The Mona Lisa is the greatest artwork in the world. That’s clever marketing after its theft and return. For most of its life, those with access to The Mona Lisa walked past, ‘just another portrait.’ If you visit The Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris, expect a two-hour queue, followed by a brief glimpse of a painting at a distance, shrouded behind thick bullet-proof glass. No time to linger, examine and ponder. If you want art to take your breath away, discover the…

  • Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Set Me on Fire for you Jesus! Has Your Faith in God Stagnated? God’s Word Promises Restoration

    Don’t be discouraged if your faith has stagnated, God can send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon you again. He did it before, He can do it again. Many Christians who were once on fire for God feel their faith has stagnated. Some once had faith to believe they would go into the world and change it. Sadly, many years on, it was the world which changed them. Take courage, God’s word promises restoration. In the time of the Prophet Joel people lived through an economic crisis. Locusts destroyed the harvest. God’s response was this: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,…