My name is Victoria Emily Jones. I live in the Baltimore area, where I work as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. My educational background is in journalism, English literature, and music history.
I’m somewhat of a Book Monster (me want books!); I love reading, so I read whatever I can get my hands on.
I was raised in a Christian home, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2000 that I became a Christian myself—that is, when I made the conscious decision to live for Jesus Christ. I don’t affiliate with any one denomination, but I do embrace Protestant theology and currently attend a Presbyterian church.
If you’d like to contact me, I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love your blog so much I’ve added you to my blogroll. I invite you to do the same with mine. http://www.alphaomegaarts.blogspot.com
You mentioned that you consider yourself a Protestant rather then a Catholic. How important is that distinction to you and why? I’ve looked at your blog and find it interesting. I am a practicing Catholic, by my own choice, however I do not disregard others ways to believe in Jesus and God our Creator. I have a feeling that there is much more to our faith that currently escapes our attention and comprehension. That may be the reason why we are still looking for more explicit understanding of our faiths.
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Thank you very much for taking the time to engage me in discussion on this topic. Your question is thoughtful–it forced me to pause and consider why, when my tendency is to eschew labels, I insist on keeping this one. Because I want to draw others into the conversation (and because pith is not my strong suit), I’ve used your question as the basis of a new post: https://thejesusquestion.org/2012/11/15/why-i-call-myself-a-protestant/. I hope you follow up with me there.
I like what you do with art related to faith… and the name of your blog makes me think of a Bible verse where Jesus asks his followers who they say he is (Mk 8, 29). I like the way Jesus lets us answer that question: faith is somehow always a response to that same question, who is he to us?
Keep up the good work!
Alexandre Winter, reformed pastor in Geneva
It was a pleasure coming across your blog today and the precious pictures of you as a bride washing your new husband’s feet. Your humility is beautiful and your desire to serve him with the correct view that you are not superior to him is admirable. (All of us should view ourselves this way toward our fellow man/woman).
You seem to be seeking a deeper expression of Christianity… let me share that I was brought up Protestant and remained Christian, but learned about Orthodox Christianity 3 years ago, loved it, adopted it, and officially became an Orthodox Christian last year on Pentecost (23 June 2013). It is what we Protestants have been missing out on all this time and never knew it. It is the original, fullness of the faith delivered directly from Christ to His disciples. It is a full, rich, vast and immensely wonderful find. I am richly blessed to have had God introduce me to His original Faith the way its meant to be believed and applied and have me worship in His holy temple, participating as a member, like I longed to do since 2 years prior.
You are interested in religious art – Their “art” is their icons. Icons of saints, Christ Himself, His holy mother, angels, feasts/fasts/festivals/occasions, and we reverence them without worshiping them (which would be idolatrous). Like a long hike whose view unravels wider and more wondrous, is Orthodox Christianity – the true faith.
An introductory article would be this simple suggestion: a 30 minute interview-version:
Cheers, and so nice to meet you!
Loved the 7 Part series on Northwest Coastal Art. It came to my attention through the Visual Meditation on ArtWay. I had to read the rest of the posts.
Hi sister! It’s awesome to see such passion in your research. Sometime it would be good to interview you and promote your work here on the Fringe Radio Network where I am currently podcasting… When I was in a liberal university in the States it seemed any time I saw anything titled “The Jesus Question” or “Jesus Sutras” or whatever it was always promoted in a Gnostic fashion. It’s good to see real Christians taking back this ground. I have gobs and gobs of unreleased Jesus art that I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen, and would be happy to share with you sometime if you’re interested. Blessings!!
I am talking at an open air Easter Service in Albany, West Australia in a few weeks and was pondering Jesus and chocolate – as you do. Thank you for gathering the assorted chocolate Jesus references.
I’m also perusing Harold Bloom’s book on the Western Canon (a lofty tome) and was struck by his comments on WH Auden’s view of Ibsen’s character Brand: ‘our final impression of Brand is of an idolater who worships not God but HIS God. It makes no difference if the God he calls his happens to be the true God; so long as he thinks of him as his, he is as much an idolater as the savage who bows down to a fetish…’ I am wary of making an idol out of my idea of Jesus.
Maybe that’s why God’s warnings about making idols/images are so adamant. I only want to worship the real Jesus. I grew up in the Catholic Church and Jesus was still hanging on a lot of those crosses. I lost my Catholicism but found Jesus and became His follower later. Now I want to KNOW Him – in His fullness, intimately as He reveals Himself through the Scriptures (Old and New) and personally by the Holy Spirit. The image of the chocolate Jesus so epitomizes a society that has replaced the real with a fake.
Your blog has challenged me to seek Him more diligently today. Thank you.
I hope I can help people meet Him, like Mary did when she went to the tomb. I hope they find the real Jesus in the Park and turn away from the evil Easter Bunny and his pernicious chocolates.
Thanks, Victoria, for your wonderful work! I loved your treatment of the artistic witness of Edward Hicks; very nicely done in terms of covering his work and some of the issues he was addressing. Wonderfully relevant for Advent; your work was shared by Carole Spencer, preaching at Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oregon this morning.
Many blessings, and all the best!