Author Archives | Chris Heckert

The Bob Dylan Hymn Book

Tonight I’m listening and singing along to Bob Dylan – old school. It was a long weekend – finishing up our annual conference in New Jersey, then spending a total of 14 hours in the car over a 24 hour period to attend the funeral of David Panther, a dear friend and pastor.  The service […]

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David Panther – bearing fruit beyond death

Sunday night an incredible man died after a year long battle with Lymphoma.  To say that Rev. Dr. J. David Panther was a pastor is like saying that Ray Charles was a pianist.  He was a pastor’s pastor, a visionary, a mentor, a trend setter, and a driven leader, whose impact will be felt for […]

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Jump Monk

This was the prelude for one of our Lenten jazz worship services at Morrow Church. Imagine jazz music as liturgical landscape. Does it change the atmosphere for the service? Absolutely. The beauty of such colorful music paints a different backdrop to come and worship God. Rather than a showy piece played on the organ, mixing […]

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Perspective

I find that behind the lens of a camera there lies great power.  Depending on the focus of the shot, the depth of field, the composition of image, or the perspective of the photograph, I can tell completely different stories from one real life scene.  You can put the camera on the floor and shoot […]

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Don’t Give Up

Excerpt: don’t give up you still have us don’t give up we don’t need much of anything don’t give up ’cause somewhere there’s a place where we belong rest your head you worry too much it’s going to be alright when times get rough you can fall back on us don’t give up please don’t […]

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Olive Trees - Van Gogh

Olive Trees

Vincent van Gogh painted this scene while living in a mental instition in France. These trees and mountains were inspired by the actual landscape surrounding the courtyard of the asylum where he stayed. Imagine that! Taking the incidental landscape surrounding a difficult situation and casting them in such a way that is inspiring even a […]

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Lent in Full Color

Closeup of “Olana Matthew Six” by Makoto Fujimura Traditionally the season of Lent begins with ashes, a symbol of human mortality, limitation and brokenness.  We often take the sign of the cross out of ashes on our foreheads, or hands to remind us of our humanity and our inherent need for God.  This is a […]

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Change in Motion

Luke 9:28-43 The Transfiguration Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to […]

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He Qi's Jonah

Jonah

“In the face of death they screamed and strained to hold the soaking ropes, creaking in the wind, and wild scenes appeared, in full horror, behind the sea’s tumultuous waves and forces unrestrained. “You gods eternal, ever good, who now offense betoken, Save us, or give a sign that we may know who with secret […]

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Prophets Among Us

Luke 4:21-30 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, […]

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