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C.S. Lewis Conference, The Brilliance, and My Paintings

C.S. Lewis Conference, The Brilliance, and My Paintings

The Hill Country Institute will be hosting a conference on C.S. Lewis in San Antonio this weekend. The conference, entitled C.S. Lewis and the Divine Presence: Living the Mystery of the Indwelling God, will be held at Trinity University on April 13, 2013 9AM-9PM.

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As a big fan of C.S. Lewis, I’m very excited about this conference and learning from some of the great speakers. It’s always a joy for me to participate in ecumenical gatherings, especially around the concepts and ideas of such a great man.

Learn more or buy tickets for the conference.

The Brilliance Concert

The day will end with a concert by The Brilliance at 7PM.

The Brilliance

I’ve been talking about this band for a while. True creative artist making some of the best contemporary music to praise our Lord. If you aren’t able to make it to the whole conference, make it out to see them while they are in the area.

Art Exhibit

I am honored to have been invited to show some of paintings as well. I’m very excited because it will be the first time that the entire series of my angel paintings will be together in one place since they were finished. I will also have a few other paintings to share.

If you’re going to the conference of the concert, please stop by, visit my exhibit, and I would love to meet you.

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The Holy Spirit and Non-Catholic Christians

Note: This post was accidentally published before it was complete last week. I apologize if you saw that version.

Two weekends ago, my wife and I attended a Hillsong United concert, and I must admit that it was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I have witnessed outside of Eucharistic adoration. This was the second time we attended one of their events, but this one was definitely more memorable than the first time.

While big name bands, like Chris Tomlin’s, are super well known and always associated with their music, Hillsong United gets far less recognition. Most Christian stations don’t even play much of their original music because many of their songs are too long for a usual radio edit. Also, if you are not familiar with their style, most people don’t like that the crowds do a large portion of the singing in the live albums. I was impressed that they were able to sell out so many large venues on this last tour through the US. It was even more impressive to see a crowd so on fire that they sang  with the band in a stronger power than their loud speakers.

I grew up in the Bible Belt, far outnumbered by very conservative Protestants. I am comfortable discussing religion with our protestant brothers and sisters, but I normally shy away form praising and praying with them. I have also attended many different types of Christan concerts in my life. Normally, a Christian concert does involve praying, but it is never really more than just simple and almost superficial prayer. They are still unaware of the true worship that we know well, the mass.

Hillsong takes these prayers to a deeper level than any other group I have every witnessed. This is really only possible through their genuine knowledge and relationship with the Holy Spirit. They very openly and boldly call upon Him similarly to the Charismatic prayers in the Catholic Church.

While they are very aware of their relationship with the Holy Spirit, their relationship with the second person of the Trinity, Jesus, is not as strong as they believe. Like all other protestants, their lack of understanding of Christ’s True Presence in the Eucharist. Still, no one can deny that their prayer was powerfully filled with the True presence of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

There could be no denial of the Holy Spirit’s presence at that event. Some may look at it an think it’s fake or all for show, but their prayer was absolutely genuine. While the fallen away Christian groups do not know the fullness of Truth, it’s group like these that make me understand what Vatican II wrote about. For a long time, they were simply seen as heretics, but after the council the Church acknowledged that protestants do have a partial understanding of Truth. I wonder how much the Church could do in this world if only their passion was in union with the True Church. I sincerely wish that more of  the Church would catch on to this passion. I pray that someday, we will all be one Church again.

 

 

Hillsong – With Everything from With Everything on Vimeo.
This is a video someone else took at the concert we were at this month.

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