When I attended an Episcopal Church in the late 2000s, I produced a weekly cartoon for the church bulletin to go with the the weekly readings. Bible Cartoons is a collection of these cartoons, which are collected from the years 2009 to 2012. I would read the lectionary of the Episcopal Church on Monday and figure out which passage gave me an idea for a cartoon. Sometimes an idea would come from a book that I just read from the church library. At other times, I would free associate and come up with something that is a bit more humorous.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christianity right now. I’ve had some wonderful experiences in church and I’ve had some terrible experiences in church. But overall I think there are more good things about Christianity than bad. In spite of some bad experiences, I still find myself attracted to church and have persisted in trying to find the right church for me. I’m not really a great Christian. I don’t love my enemy, or forgive easily anymore. But I do think those are good qualities to have. I like what Pope Francis said about church. The pope said that church is not just a sanctuary for saints, it’s also a hospital for sinners. I do not take the Bible literally, but I do find value in the Bible and think it has important things to say about the Jewish and Christian experience with God.
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Here is what some people are writing about “Bible Cartoons”.
“Angelo Lopez has a remarkable talent for bringing the message of the gospels into contemporary context through creative, engaging visual images that make the stories new again. His cartoon art enlivens and challenges with poignancy, warmth, and compassion.”
ELIZABETH DRESCHER author of ‘Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones’
“I have been following Angelo Lopez’s cartoons and writings for several years now. I find them insightful, contemporary, and inspiring. Angelo goes to the heart of the matter with his drawings and wit.”
REV. J.T. RAMELIS boardmember of the Progressive Christian Alliance
“What does Angelo Lopez have in common with FIRE? Read his challenging words, see the human condition through the eyes of his reality-based cartoons, and listen deeply to his passionate call-to-involvement in bettering the lives of suffering human beings. He BURNS with outrageous prophetic insights; sheds LIGHT on the intrigues of the human heart, and GLOWS with zealous concern for the poor and oppressed of our times. We would do well to take the hand of this visually creative FIREBRAND and join our torches to his in bringing a newly envisioned kind of FIRE to the world once again!”
RAPH MARTIN Catholic Anarchist
“Angelo Lopez creates cartoons that are at once illuminating, engaging, and thought-provoking. Each is packed with messages and new insights about his subjects. He calls us to appreciate the richness of the moments he captures. I am excited about this talented artist’s new book.”
KAT MORGAN, Facilitator, ChangeAbility Solutions