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Posted 3/3/14 at 7:12 AM | Wes Molebash
Today is the final episode of Insert Image.
It’s always difficult to put a creative project to bed, and it’s never a decision I take lightly. As creators, however, we’re obligated to constantly evaluate our priorities and our creative goals. Jon Acuff says we have plenty of time to do the things we love, but less time to do the things we like. We prune and we prune, and eventually we’re left with a lot of “loves” and some hard decisions to make. Believe me, ending Insert Image was a hard decision.
Of all the comics I’ve drawn over the years, Insert Image has easily been the most gratifying. The feedback has been fantastic, the audience has continued to grow, and I feel that I’ve grown exponentionally as an artist, writer, web designer, and social media marketer over the past year-and-a-half. There’s a lot that I will take away from this experience and apply to my next creative project(s), and that definitely makes the time spent on Insert Image worthwhile. FULL POST
Posted 2/24/14 at 6:35 AM | Wes Molebash
I’ve never been to a church’s pet blessing event.
I know they occur, though. I’ve seen the flyers around my town. And despite the fact that there are a lot of people who find peace knowing their beloved pet has been blessed, these events leave this cartoonist with a lot of questions. Questions such as:
//Are pet blessings biblical? I’ve read my Bible several times, but I can’t think of an instance where a pet received a blessing. I imagine it’s possible some livestock were blessed in order to yield more production, but I can’t see why it would be advantageous to bless a domesticated pet. I have a dog and she contributes nothing to society whatsoever. I guess I could ask that God would bless her so that she would stop barking everytime someone walked in front of our house, but I feel like that would be a waste of God’s time. FULL POST
Posted 2/17/14 at 6:44 AM | Wes Molebash
Smartphone debates are dumb. Do you see the irony?
I have friends who get fired up over their favorite smartphone manufacturer and/or OS. They get into heated debates where they throw out numbers regarding processing speeds and resolutions and SDKs. Common arguments are found in statements such as, “My phone is better because the screen is larger” and, “My phone is better because I can alter the look of the OS” and, “My phone is better because it has a kickstand.” In between these statements there’s a lot of “harrumph-ing” and eye-rolling.
Because smartphone debates tend to get REALLY intense, I believe they are the only time when it is OK to use a Jesus Juke. Especially if you are a third-party bystander. FULL POST
Posted 2/10/14 at 6:48 AM | Wes Molebash
I’m not sure it’s possible for JP to trump last year’s Valentine’s Day gift, but this one comes pretty close.
To be honest with you, I really don’t have any super-relevant commentary to go along with this comic. I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate a T.D. Jakes-related joke for a while now, and I finally hit an idea that I thought fit nicely. My hope is that, upon reading this comic, Mr. Jakes would seriously consider starting a telegram service. I don’t require any compensation; knowing that I’ve helped T.D. identify another income stream is payment enough. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/14 at 9:25 AM | Wes Molebash
I try to avoid stepping on too many toes, but today I might be crushing a whole foot.
With that said… here we go.
While driving around your town, have you ever seen a person dressed as Jesus walking up and down a well-trafficked thoroughfare with a cross on his shoulder? When you see this person do you think, “Wow. That guy is really spreading the word of Jesus!”, or do you think, “What a nut job.”?
I tend to think the latter.
Here are three reasons why I’m not a fan of this type of “ministry”:
1. It dumbs down what Jesus actually went through. I’ve seen everything from a guy in blue jeans and a high school cross country sweatshirt to a dude decked out in a complete Jesus-themed costume carrying crosses in public spaces. Both types of “cross carriers” make me roll my eyes. You see, to believe in Jesus is to believe that He was beaten within an inch of His life and then forced to carry a heavy, wooden cross up a hill; a cross that He would be nailed to and hung up for all to see. From what we can gather by studying the ancient texts, He never wore a pair of New Balance, the cross wasn’t made of balsa wood, and His blood wasn’t a mixture of corn syrup and red food coloring. FULL POST
Posted 1/27/14 at 8:27 AM | Wes Molebash
Youth leadership definitely has its perks.
In case you need proof, I’ve identified three:
You can dress as schlumpy as you want. I’ve known lots of youth pastors and I can tell you that they always dress one of two ways: really schlumpy and rumpled or hyper trendy. No matter how you choose to dress, people will think it’s your way of fitting in with the kids. No one will peg you as the super lazy slob or the OCD metrosexual you really are! Live it up!
No one expects you to have a plan. This is somewhat true of youth leaders and especially true of youth volunteers. Nine times out of ten, the person planning all the awesome youth group events is the youth pastor’s spouse and/or the church leadership. The youth pastor is too busy playing hacky sack and conducting belch contests to get involved with the actual planning of events. Volunteers have even less pressure. They just show up the day of an event and drive the kids wherever they need to go. Some volunteers put in a little extra effort so they can be the “cool car”, but that’s totally up to the volunteer. They really control their own destiny in this regard. FULL POST
Posted 1/20/14 at 8:19 AM | Wes Molebash
Prayer warriors look nothing like actual warriors.
So forgive me if I think the term “prayer warrior” is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve met many prayer warriors during my lifetime, and none of them carry swords or wear Viking helmets or sport loin cloths like the Spartans in 300. Pretty disappointing, to say the least.
To prove my point, here are the 3 prayer warriors you’ll actually encounter in the wild:
65-year-old grandma: She’s a sweet woman. She really is. All five-foot-two-inches of her. She wears bifocals and carries a huge purse that contains her large-print Bible, a package of tissues, and a bag of Werther’s Original. When she’s not dressed up for church, she’s sporting a sweatshirt with a picture of her cats on the front. She loves Jesus and she spends much of her day reading her Bible and praying, but a warrior? I think not. FULL POST
Posted 1/13/14 at 7:14 AM | Wes Molebash
Modesty is a hot topic among Christians these days. Especially among the ladies.
Rachel Held Evans has written about the topic multiple times, as has Emily Maynard (it’s kinda her thing). Even a few dudes have weighed in on the topic including Michael Hyatt and Tim Challies, though I think it’s kinda weird when guys get all amped up about modesty. I mean, I understand it, but it still comes off kinda creepy sometimes. FULL POST
Posted 1/6/14 at 8:34 AM | Wes Molebash
“Christian dating” can be a very confusing and frustrating process.
The reason it’s so confusing is that there are a bunch of people with a bunch of different opinions about how a Christian should date, and all these people talk REALLY LOUDLY.
There are people who will tell you the types of people you should date.
There are people who will tell you not to date at all.
There are people who will tell you to become Amish because your marriage will be arranged for you. That’s a load off the old shoulders, amiright?!
If you’re a single Christian trying to navigate the dating scene, allow me to add some clarity to an issue that can be quite cloudy due to dogmas and legalism. Here are my (JP’s) Four Steps To Christian Dating: FULL POST
Posted 12/30/13 at 8:42 AM | Wes Molebash
Most New Year’s resolutions are destined for failure.
The likelihood that the resolutions made by these figures in your church will fail is approximately 99.9%. Here’s why:
The Pastor: Your church’s second service is a magical time for your pastor. He knows he’s got you. First service has to end on time, but the second service offers your pastor infinite possibilities for biblical exegesis; he can really explore the sanctuary space. In many ways, the second service is akin to the director’s cut of a movie; loaded with lots of extra stuff that was wisely cut from the original version. FULL POST