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February 28, 2009

Bread of Life

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The Fall of the Manna. Majolica plate, Urbino, c. 1570. Location: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy. From Nimatallah / Art Resource, NY

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

- John 6:26-40

February 27, 2009

Fasting

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Last Night in Gethsemane by Wisnu Sasongko


At the very core of fasting is empathy with the divine or participation in God's perception of a sacred moment. When someone dies, God is grieved; when someone sins, particularly egregiously, God is grieved; when a nation is threatened, God is grieved. We could provide more examples. The point is this: fasting identifies with God's perspective and grief in a sacred moment. Fasting enables us to identify with how God views a given event; fasting empowers us to empathize with God. Fasting is about pathos, taking on the emotions of God in a given event. . . . When people tell us they are fasting, we should ask "In response to what?" instead of "What do you hope you will get out of it?"

- Scot McKnight, Fasting

February 26, 2009

He Was Hungry

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Ramon Crater as seen from Mizpe Ramon. Photo by Armin Schon, Nes Ziona, Israel

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

- Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

- Matthew 4:1-4

February 25, 2009

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

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A church in New Orleans' lower 9th Ward, April 2007. Photo by Julie Dermansky.


To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'

"Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return."

- Genesis 3:17-19

February 24, 2009

"Slumdog" Ministry

Christian service in Mumbai's slums

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Meenabhain, 35, is president of a self-help group and has been responsible for creating three more similar groups near Mumbai. She is the only woman in her village with a master's degree.

(c) 2007 Reena Samuel/World Vision


More images of Christian life in Mumbai's slums after the jump


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World Vision's HIV/AIDs coordinator in Mumbai addresses a workshop for teen girls where they learn about HIV, education, delayed marriage, self respect, and faithfulness in marriage.

(c) 2006 Jon Warren/World Vision


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A street theater group in Mumbai spends time answering specific questions about AIDS and directing individuals to testing resources.

(c) 2006 Jon Warren/World Vision


Vintage Passion

The Bible (and Hollywood apocrypha) in movie posters.

Since 1898, filmmakers have been portraying Bible stories and imagining subtexts--Lot trying to save Sodom, Pompeiians and gladiators meeting Jesus, and various people romancing Mary Magdalene. The Museum of Biblical Art is displaying movie posters from Salome to King of Kings in Reel Religion: A Century of the Bible and Film.

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The Last Days of Pompeii, 1935, USA. Poster to promote The Last Days of Pompeii, 1935, USA. Directed by Ernest B. Shoedshack.

More posters from the exhibit after the jump.


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The Robe
, 1953, USA. Poster to promote The Robe, 1953, USA. Directed by Henry Koster.


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Promotional poster from Sweden for 1928's "Noah's Ark"


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Salomé, 1923, USA. Poster to promote Salomé, 1923, USA. Poster designed by Natacha Rambova. Directed by Charles Bryant.


February 23, 2009

About Imago Fidei

Imago Fidei is Christianity Today's pictures blog. Each day, we'll update the blog with a photograph, painting, design, sculpture, or map that shows Christian life or expresses our faith.

FAQ:

What does "Imago Fidei" mean?
It's Latin for "image of faith." In this blog, our aim is to give you pictures that illustrate more about all aspects of evangelical Christian life.


Who runs this blog?

This is one of Christianity Today magazine's blogs. The main editor of the blog is Susan Wunderink, Christianity Today's international editor.

Where do you get these images?
We work with private photographers, artists, and Christian ministries. Many of the images we use are in the public domain.

How can I use these pictures?
Since these aren't really our images (we have permission, but don't hold the rights), you'll need to contact the creator. You can usually find that information by following the link in the credit line right beneath the image.

Can I submit photos or art to Imago Fidei?
Yes! We're always looking for images that are very good, free for use, and have a Christian aspect. But first take a look at the kinds of images that we've already posted so you're familiar with our style. If you think you've got something we could use, please send me an email with your name, the title of the picture (if there is one), a caption or information about the subject of the picture, and a jpg file that's at least 600 pixels across.


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