So what can an out-of-work “freelance” theologian learn from a graphic novelist?  A lot!

You wont regret watching this 20 minute video in which Gaiman encourages us to…

  1. Be wise
  2. Make amazing mistakes
  3. Break rules
  4. Leave the world a more interesting place, and
  5. Make good art

Neil Gaiman’s graduate address at the University of the Arts Class of 2012 is truly inspirational. Honesly, I had never heard of Gaiman before today, so I turned to Wikipedia for brief introduction:

Neil Richard Gaiman born 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book seriesThe Sandman and novelsStardustAmerican Gods,Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo,NebulaBram Stoker,Newbery Medal, andCarnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work

In Gaiman’s words so much of my own life; hopes, fears and struggles, are reflected  and I found his advice all-at-once comforting and encouraging and motivational.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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