I’m not the only Episcopal priest who appreciates comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art. In fact, one of my classmates from VTS is making a career out of creating graphic illustrations of passages from Scripture.

The Rev. Earnest Graham, who is part-time priest and part-time illustrator is using his fantastic gifts to communicate the Gospel in a unique way. Check out this piece for this week, depicting the parable Jesus speaks in Matthew 15:10-11, 17-20.

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Earnest’s mission is to communicate the biblical text to an ever-increasing visual generation and use this medium to teach and allow others to teach from these images. Some of his creations look like really poignant advertisements like the one above. Others feel more like a comic book page, like this one on the Parable of the Mustard Seed:

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Earnest does a great job in tapping into the parable and expressing it in new and creative ways. He does a good job of telling the ancient biblical text and including modern-day images that connect with us today. If you want to see more, go check out his website at www.earnestillustrations.com. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about scripture, like I do every time I see his work!

Jeff+