Resurrection Mural by Ron Dicianni

I've come across wonderful artwork by Ron Dicianni in the past and just learned of this beautiful mural of the Resurrection that took him two years to paint. It's now displayed in the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas. Dicianni even enlisted the help of four other prominent Christian artists as some of his models. Thomas Blackshear posed as Abraham, Michael Dudash as Isaiah, Morgan Weistling as David, and Chris Hopkins as John the Baptist.

Pictured from left to right:
Abraham, Isaiah, David, Moses, (an angel on either side of Jesus), Elijah, Noah, Queen Esther, John the Baptist, Daniel

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
[Hebrews 12:1, verse used for artist's inspiration]

-> Read more as Dicianni describes his painting and its inspiration...

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Save the Sharks

Just watched Rob Stewart's award-winning documentary SHARKWATER which broke my heart and infuriated me. Although I already had developed a fascination for sharks, the film has increased my awareness to their plight of being slaughtered seneslessly with very few to stand up for these typically-hated creatures.

I was shocked to learn that due to the increased prestige associated with serving the delicacy of shark fin soup, 100 million sharks are killed for their fins annually.

The world's shark population has declined by 90%.

Considering that the sharks are the top predator of the ocean (2/3 of earth's surface), the consequences of their destruction is immeasurable. Case in point - phytoplankton converts the global warming gas carbon dioxide into oxygen. We get 70% of our oxygen from phytoplankton. If we eliminate sharks, plankton eating fish will flourish and this alone could be disastrous for all mankind.

"I think the problem is, that we don't understand what we are. In essence we're, uh, you know, just a conceited naked ape, but in our minds we're some sort of divine legend and we see ourselves as some sort of god, that we can just walk around the Earth deciding who will live and who will die, and what will be destroyed and what will be saved. But the fact is, we're just a bunch of primates out of control." 
~ Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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