Father Forgive

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Lived the life you should be living
Died the death you should have coming
Is pleased to give you credit for both

For the skeptic, the Bible writers constantly hang the biblical narrative on an historical matrix of time and geography.  It is one of the many reasons I am a believer.  However, it dawned on me two years ago, that though I have a reasonable knowledge of the gospels, I really didn’t have a clue how to place that narrative in its historical context.  At the time, I was especially interested in the trials of Jesus in the hours leading up to the crucifixion.  Where did the High Priest live?  Where was Pilate living?  For that matter, where was Golgotha?

Since June of 2019, I have been working on a project to recreate Jerusalem as it was in the Messiah’s last days there.  I am using 3D modeling and animation software like that used by Pixar and Disney.

This image is the first of many (I hope).  It is unique in that I have never been able to find an image that puts the crucifixion in the context of Jerusalem as it would have been seen from the hill Golgotha.  I have tried to factor in as many historical brush strokes as possible.  The scene is looking almost due east.  The Fortress Antonia is seen in the background left to center.  The back of the temple is seen in the background lower right.  Mount Olives is seen in the far background.  The top of the western city wall (averaging 39 feet high – the equivalent of a three story building) snakes along the bottom of the frame.  Parts of the northern wall can be seen in the background lower far left.  A few of the columns in Solomon’s Portico can be seen on the east side of the temple court area.


Religion is broken. We all know it but few will admit it out loud. Religion is often about control of wealth, real-estate, and people. Religious folks are often petty, judgmental, arrogant, us-against-them, divisive, and self-serving, while the hurting just keep on hurting. People have been telling us how dangerous immorality is almost since the beginning time. It took the Carpenter to tell has how dangerous religion is.

Broken from John Dennis on Vimeo.

The Passion

So often, believers in the Christ feel that our mission is to win arguments. As it turns out that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our task is to hold up Jesus, to glorify Him. I wanted to do something with this project that simply held people’s attention long enough to deliver the simple gospel (good news). By the way, regardless of what you may have heard, God isn’t bad news. He loves you not because of your race, intellect, creed, morality, performance, politics, or Bible knowledge. He loves you because of who He is. It starts with Him. He invented love and all love that exists issues from that source. He wrapped Himself in human skin and stepped into our three-dimensional little world to live the life you know you should be living and to die the death you know you deserve. And he is offering you credit for both right now. Do something with that if you haven’t. Pass it on if you have! Blessings.

QWERTY Religion

Although the majority of you will not recognize the name Christopher Sholes, he has likely had a whopping impact on your life.  Who was Christopher Sholes?  I am glad you asked.  He is the guy who invented carpal tunnel syndrome.  Only slightly less well known is another of his inventions. …

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