A nice free font: PROMESH

Here are some players to watch in this World Cup.

Lionel Messi

Mario Balotelli

Cristiano Ronaldo

Here’s another great free font that you may be able to utilize: PROMESH. This one’s created by Paul Reis, and you can « see more about it and download it here ».

Graphic Design Salaries in 2012?

This graphic is both funny and sad.

Back in 2012 I was working full time as a graphic designer at a local media company. Even though I created ads, worked on marketing campaigns, designed full pages, 8-page spreads, did online work, created billboard art, supported the marketing artists with their overflow, was good at it, and had over 5 years experience (so, looking at the middle pencil there), I didn’t take home even half of the lower line (shown there at $59,500).

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Was that a kiss? When Kimbrah and I got married.

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Our first kiss as husband and wife was the stuff of legends. In our family at least, as legends go. You see, our kiss wasn’t your ordinary wedding kiss. It told a tale, and was a fitting marker on a timeline of wonderful adventures. And, as any good epic tale goes, we need to start somewhere in the middle.

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Tips for Non-Designers: Sketching and Sketching

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For info about this series, check out Design Tips for Non-Designers. Hope you enjoy it.

The first, and what I consider the most important, tip I give to any and all designers and non-designers alike is to just keep sketching.

That annoying, waste of time activity that your teachers told you to stop doing every hour in class, doodling, is the most valuable, worthwhile tool for any designer. I cannot emphasize this enough: to design better you have to draw more.

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Design Tips for Non-Designers

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I am going to have an ongoing series giving some design tips and techniques to folks who aren’t designers. Hereafter, I am assuming you are one of those who would consider yourself a non-designer. Whatever your situation or role, or reason for needing to design something, hopefully these can help you a little.

Maybe you’re creating a birthday party flyer. Or perhaps you’re putting charts together for an upcoming meeting. What about a yard sale sign? Or Facebook or Twitter banners? Whether it’s the slides or brochures at church, or whatever else you might be doing, some basic design fundamentals and tips could help you make something impressive and fun.

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It’s not about Derek Webb

If you think this post is about Derek Webb then you’ve missed it.

I sit here, typing away, and listening to Derek Webb’s Ctrl album. It’s now been a few days since I saw the message from Webb that he and his wonderful singing, song-writing wife, Sandra McCracken, would be getting a divorce after 13 years of marriage. They have had two kids during that time.

Both Webb and McCracken are amazing artists. And I’m sure they will continue to be. They just won’t be amazing artists together, going around the country and doing little concerts in people’s homes like they’ve done.

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Racism should not shock us

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I’m somewhat befuddled by the reaction to NBA team owner Sterling’s racism. Today he was given a lifetime ban and fined $2.5 million. While I think that’s a good move by the NBA, I also think it’s a meager band-aid, and many folks will be under the delusion that racism is being stamped out.

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Three named martyrs in Apocalypse i-ii

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There are three different and different kinds of martyrs named in the first two chapters of John’s Apocalypse. There’s Jesus in i.5, John the author in i.9, and Antipas in ii.13.

Jesus was called “the faithful martyr,” and was considered the prototypical martyr, the exemplar for his followers. He bore witness to the Truth and The Way, and called for his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.

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Torture as baptism? Palin, the NRA, and Christianity

I am wondering if there are any fellow brothers and sisters in Christ–who embrace the teachings of our Lord, who called us to bear witness to the truth, to go into all the world making disciples and baptizing them in the name of our Holy God, who Created all men and women in His glorious image, and told us to love our enemies and persecutors–who will continue to support Sarah Palin and what she says.

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Conference on the Adulterous Woman passage in John

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Fascinating. On Saturday (4/26/2014), at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, there was a Pericope Adulterae conference. I missed it but am glad there was some live blogging and summaries put together. The blogging of Jacob Cerone was helpful.

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I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living  creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.
– Apocalypse v.6 –

Why was John on Patmos?

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That John, the same Apostle who wrote the Gospel and three letters, was the same John exiled on Patmos and wrote Revelations was something I always knew and was always taught. At least as far back as I can remember learning or reading about such things. Over time, as I grew and read and studied further, what I knew changed. The first heresy I repented of was calling the little book Revelations; it’s either Revelation or the dark and ominous (and preferred) title, Apocalypse. I pray we can all repent of the silly s. Moving along, I also came to understand the three Johns didn’t necessarily have to be the same person. Doesn’t mean they are definitively not; just that tradition has historically decided who we believe authored those texts. Tradition can be just as wrong as it can be right.

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Yet agrarianism, trained as it is in the real work of farming, is certainly attached to the need to work. But this work is always tempered by the understanding that it cannot be finished or complete in itself–that the work is tied up with a whole gathering of beings and that the work is not that of a prison camp where it is forced, but is rather like a barn raising where labor is focused on accomplishing one task because it is part of a greater whole.

- Ragan Sutterfield, Cultivating Reality

He holds the keys of death

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Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! (Rev. i.17b-18)

Before this, John spent considerable time lofting up the authority of Jesus with magnificent titles, contrasting him with and placing him as a superior authority above that of the Roman Emperor. And while the Emperors died and remained dead, despite their claims of deity, Jesus died and is alive, forever and ever.

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The blood of God’s people

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Now when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. They cried out with a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Master, holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been. (Rev. vi.9-11)

From the sixth century commentary by Oecumenius,

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Jesus Christ, the Faithful Martyr

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και απο Ιησου Χριστου, ο μαρτυς ο πιστος ο πρωτοτοκος των νεκρων και ο αρχων των βασιλεων της γης

. . . and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the Earth. (Rev. i.5a)

Whether The Apocalypse (a.k.a. Revelation . . . without the ever popular but still incorrect s added at the end) was written before AD 70 or closer to the end of the first century, by the time John was exiled on Patmos and wrote what he was told to write, the word μαρτυς had “already been loaded with the new meaning of one who witnesses” to the truth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, and pays for that with his blood.1 Now, that’s not to say in every case the word is found we need to interpret the use as if there was bloodshed; context always determines the meaning of a word.

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