Happy Holidays & Some...

I want to extend my best intentions to everyone today. It's been quite a year! This blog's traffic has increased exponentially, and I am so thankful for every one of my readers. We've lost some faithful readers who commented. They felt I'd just gone too far. I also realize that my leaving the professional ministry turned some people away, feeling that I no longer had a legitimate voice. No doubt my experience of intellectual liberty has taken its toll. However, we've gained some new and wonderful readers, partially because they see in my cartoons and read in my words their struggle articulated. My personal aspiration right now is to move into doing some cartoon movie clips. (If you wish to help me get there, click on the paypal button at the bottom of this post so that I can get the hardware and software.) I have some hilarious ideas and can't wait to develop them. They will no doubt be offensive to some but will delight many more. About being offensive: I honestly don't try to be. When I draw a cartoon, like yesterday's cartoon "a hellish birth" for instance, it was just a funny image which converged two contradicting ideas about Jesus: the sweet and gentle baby Jesus who loves everybody, and the judgmental vindictive Jesus who sends dissenters to hell. I asked somebody who was very offended by the cartoon: "What if the sign said, "I love everybody!'? Would that have been offensive?" He admitted no. So it was the convergence of these two ideas in one graphic image that offended. It wasn't the picture. It was the the message. So I figure I scored. In any case, I'm grateful for this past year. I'm grateful for all of you. May peace, joy and love be yours in abundance. Oh! Please enter this morning's freebie friday. I'm giving away a free book!

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