Jesus tells a parable contrasting a Pharisee with a tax collector. If you know Jesus at all, you realize that this isn’t going to involve a flattering portrayal of the Pharisee.
|James Tissot’s “The Pharisee and the Publican”|
|Dave Navarro, Judge on Ink Masters|
|Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Artist Begging for Applause”|
|Fu Baoshi’s “Electric Power Lines”|
You hear that phrase “higher power” in Twelve Step circles. For some of those folks God-talk is a turnoff, so talking about a “higher power” helps them move forward in sobriety. But that phrase is more than just code for the divine. It gets at something fundamental about what it means to be God.
|Winslow Homer’s “Girl on a Swing”|