Gospel Sketchbook

From 2016-2019 I was hired to create 24 short 10-15 minute films to go alongside 24 paintings by Glasgow artist Iain Campbell. Each painting was inspired by a different chapter in the gospel of Luke set in modern day Glasgow. Iain often painted real people with some connection to the story he was painting so I was able to interview these people and share their, often powerful, stories through my films.

Emmaus Road // Video 24/24

In this, the very last video in the Gospel Sketchbook series, we hear from Judy and Iska Routamaa who talk about the time they spent in Papua New Guinea translating the Bible for a very secluded tribe in a remote region of the island. This all ties in with Iain’s painting of them, as the disciples Jesus met on the road to Emmaus, in chapter 24, the last chapter, of the Gospel of Luke.

The Great Banquet // Video 23/24

In this, the second last video of the Gospel Sketchbook series, Iain talks about his painting of our cafe church service in St George’s Tron, representing the “Great Banquet” from chapter 14 in the gospel of Luke. We hear from the minister Alastair Duncan and from several members/attendee’s of the church about why we do church the way we do and what it means to them.

Zaccheaus And Bartimaeus // Video 22/24

In this video we focus on Glasgow Street Pastors – we hear from the coordinator Stuart Crawford who talks about the work that they do on the city streets at night and from Paula McLeod who shares a bit of her story and talks about her experience as a street pastor. This all ties in with Iain’s painting of Steven, a homeless man who comes in for a coffee regularly at The Wild Olive Tree, as Zaccheaus, a man who can be said to be observing what’s going on in the city but not fully included.

Prodigal Son // Video 21/24

In this next Gospel Sketchbook video Iain Campbell, inspired by chapter 15 of the gospel of Luke, paints Martin MacKenzie and David McAdam as the son and the father from the parable of the prodigal son. We hear David read the famous passage and we hear from Martin about how his life has been transformed from his days in prison with the help of David and others. Martin also shares how this transformation has lead to a renewed relationship with his mother.

Ten Lepers // Video 20/24

In this next Gospel Sketchbook video Iain Campbell, inspired by chapter 17 of the gospel of Luke, paints Sandy Macleod a member of St Georges Tron Church. We hear Sandy read the passage about Jesus healing the Ten Lepers and telling us the story of how his life has been transformed from his days in prison by the love and guidance of Jesus.

Waiting For Healing Video // 19/24

In this, the latest video in the Gospel Sketchbook series, we hear Iain Campbell talk about meeting Paula, the subject of this painting entitled “Waitng For Healing”. Paula comes regularly to the The Wild Olive Tree cafe in St George’s Tron Church of Scotland for free soup and a cup of tea. She specifically asked Iain if he wanted to paint her like this, and he thought she could represent the leper who gets healed by Jesus in chapter 5 of the gospel of Luke. In this video we mostly hear from Paula herself, who talks about her experience of living with cerebral palsy, diabetes and tunnel vision while also being very honest about her faith and her walk with God.

The Kingdom Of God // Video 18/24

In this, the latest video in the Gospel Sketchbook series, we hear ID Campbell – Artist talk about the theme of the Kingdom of God, which is the title of his painting of Gabrielle Cook, the cook at the The Wild Olive Tree cafe in St George’s Tron Church of Scotland. Iain has painted her kneading bread to represent the woman in the parable of the yeast in chapter 13 of the gospel of Luke, in which Jesus compares yeast working through flour to the outworking of the Kingdom of God. In this video we also hear from Gabrielle herself, who talks about her experience of working in the cafe and how that can also relate to the Kingdom of God.

Mary And Martha // Video 17/24

In this video, we see Iain Campbell paint Rebecca, Sarah and Samuel Jack as Mary, Martha and Lazerus, based on chapter 10 in the gospel of Luke. The two sisters talk about distractions from listening to Jesus, as in the theme of the short passage while Iain talks about the experience of painting them.

Friend At Midnight // Video 16/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series. Inspired by chapter 11 of the Gospel of Luke, Iain paints Alec, a regular in the Wild Olive Tree Cafe who makes use of the gifted soup and coffee scheme, as “The Friend At Midnight” from the parable in the passage. In this video, Mae Smith, who is part of the leadership team at St Georges Tron Church, talks about her own experience exploring the meaning of the parable, which is persistence in prayer.

John The Baptist // Video 15/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series where, inspired by chapter 3 of the Gospel of Luke, Iain paints Alastair Duncan, the minister at St Georges Tron Church of Scotland, as John the Baptist, sitting on a bench/sculpture by Timothy Schmaltz entitled “Homeless Jesus”. In this video Alastair speaks to Father Willie Slavin who played a crucial role in getting the sculpture installed behind the church. They reflect on city centre ministry, homelessness and, as in the title of the painting, John the Baptist.

Feeding The Five Thousand // Video 14/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series where, inspired by chapter 9 of the Gospel of Luke, Iain paints Charlie Maasz, the pastor/chef at Glasgow City Mission. In this video we hear from Charlie who talks about his passion for showing God’s love through hospitality.

Blessed Are The Poor // Video 13/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series where, inspired by chapter 6 of the Gospel of Luke, Iain paints Caspar, a busking homeless artist who sometimes works on the street outside the church. In this video we hear from Chris Gordon from Bethany Christian Trust who talks about their mission to end homelessness in Scotland, one person at a time.

The Persistent Widow // Video 12/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series where we see Iain, inspired by Chapter 18 – The Persistent Widow – in the Gospel of Luke, paint Lizzie and her young son Brodie, a woman who has had to struggle and persist to get her son back into her care. We also hear from Edith and Ian McEwan, who share their experiences, both good and bad, of being short term foster carers.

Jesus Arrested // Video 11/24

Here is the next video in the Gospel Sketchbook series where we see Iain, inspired by Chapter 22 – Jesus Arrested – in the Gospel of Luke, paint Dean, a young man who recently became a member of St George’s Tron Church of Scotland. Dean shares his powerful testimony of how his life was transformed for the better by his faith in Jesus.

The Widows Offering // Video 10/24

In this video we see Iain Campbell, inspired by Chapter 21 in the Gospel of Luke, paint “Janine, a woman who regularly attends the Wednesday afternoon service at St. Georges Tron Church. Iain talks about what it was like painting this piece and we hear from Janine herself, who reflects on the passage and relates it to her own life.

The Crucifixion // Video 9/24

In this video we see Iain Campbell, inspired by Chapter 23 in the Gospel of Luke, paint “H”, an Iranian man who found his home in Glasgow. Iain talks about what it was like painting The Cricifixion for the fifth time and we hear from Mike Kurtyka, team member at The Upper Room church, where “H” goes to worship.

Double Portrait // Video 8/24

In this video we see Iain Campbell, inspired by Chapter 20 in the Gospel of Luke, paint Martin Coyle, a regular at the Wild Olive Tree Cafe, who shares some of his story. Alastair Duncan and Shanana Beattie join Iain in exploring what Jesus meant by “Give to Caesar what is Caesars, and give to God what is Gods.”

The Incarnation // Video 7/24

This instalment of the Gospel Sketchbook series shows artist Iain Campbell painting a newborn baby entitled “The Incarnation” representing Jesus being born in Luke chapter 2. In this video we ask some new parents about their own personal experiences of having to adjust to life with a newborn baby.

The Hem Of His Garment // Video 6/24

This instalment of the Gospel Sketchbook series features Asha, who has been the model for artist Iain Campbell’s painting for Luke chapter 8 entitled “The Hem Of His Garment”. In this video she tells her own powerful story of struggle and finally how her life has been transformed and healed by knowing Jesus.

Do Not Worry // Video 5/24

Based on Luke chapter 12, artist I.D. Campbell paints a portrait of Fiona Morrison in the last stages of her chemotherapy. The video features a conversation between Iain and Fiona where they discuss peace, death, wigs and as in the title of the piece, worry.

The Rich Man And Lazarus // Video 4/24

Based on Luke chapter 16, artist I.D. Campbell paints a modern representation of the parable of The Rich man And Lazarus. The video features some of the staff and customers of The Wild Olive Tree Café in St Georges Tron Church of Scotland.

The Temptation // Video 3/24

Based on Luke chapter 4, artist I.D. Campbell paints a modern representation of the famous scene of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. The video features an original poem by myself about the themes of the passage.

Jesus Raises A Widows Son // Video 2/24

Based on Luke Chapter 7, artist I.D. Campbell paints an image to represent life and death and David Harper shares his experience from living a dead life to being alive in Christ.

The Annunciation // Video 1/24

Based on Luke Chapter 1, artist I.D. Campbell beautifully depicts Feresteh, an asylum seeker in Glasgow, as Mary just having heard that she will give birth to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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