Presentation and Speaking Topics and Photo Workshops
All speaking topics can be given as one presentation or as a series for a weekend retreat or a multi-day/week event. Some speaking topics can be combined with others in a series. Click for rates. All presentations use Scripture, spiritual truths, landscape photography, wildlife photography and lessons from “the outdoors” to give an edifying and unique message about the greatness of God and how He works in our lives.
1. Creation Speaks to the Heart: The Attributes of God
Something stirs in our hearts when we see a flash of lightning and feel the blast from its thunder. The Book of Job refers to thunder as declaring God’s presence. Clearly, we can feel a small touch of His power in it.
Throughout creation we get reflections of the attributes of God. We can get glimpses of his power, majesty, wisdom, etc. These glimpses of God tug at our hearts, because of what He has written on them. This photographic journey through the attributes of God reveals how God uses the creation to make Himself known to us. (Recommended for men’s groups, seniors, retreats and whole congregations. This one of my most requested speaking topics)
2. Creation Speaks to the Heart: Our Desire for Beauty and Our Quest for Eden
When we take a walk in nature we can’t help, but notice the beauty. As an outdoor photographer, Pat has wondered why we desire nature’s beauty, the beauty of art and beauty in general. It’s a desire that reaches to the deepest parts of who we are. Through the majesty of photography, the words of scripture and the thoughts of Jonathan Edwards, C. S. Lewis and others, we examine what our desire for beauty, art and nature tell us about whom we are and our need for the Gospel. (Recommended for youth and young people, seniors, art ministries, retreats, conferences and whole congregations. This one of my most requested speaking topics)
3. Creation Speaks to the Heart: Worshipping the Creator
When we stand on the edge of one of creation’s grand vistas, we are often overcome with awe. It is not creation that overcomes us. For creation with all its beauty and majesty is just a finger pointed towards something far greater than itself. It is the window that nature gives us into the glory of its Creator that overcomes us. In this photographic walk through creation, Pat shows how creation calls us to worship God. (Recommended for youth and young people, seniors, art ministries, retreats and whole congregations)
The gospels over a dozen times speak of Jesus venturing into the wilderness to find solitude and the presence of the Father. Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah and many others also encounter God in the wilderness. Pat tells of the importance of pondering God, solitude, silence and rest to help us in our spiritual growth through words and photography. (Recommended for men’s groups, retreats, young people, conferences and whole congregations. This one of my speaking topics that really works well with men’s groups and retreats)
5. Creation Speaks to the Soul: The Scripture and Nature
What the Bible says about creation reveals a lot of what creation declares about God. This photographic walk through Psalm 104 and other passages of scripture explores how the natural world sings God’s praises for the way He created and cares for His creation. (Recommended for men’s groups, seniors, adult Sunday school, retreats, conferences, young people and whole congregations)
When one looks at the design of nature, the hand of God is evident. It’s not the evidence that points the evolutionist away from God, but the religion of Scientific Naturalism and their faith in Materialism. Pat uses science, philosophy, the beauty of creation photography and the life of the butterfly to expose the myth of evolution and to explain the Gospel. (Recommended for adult Sunday school, youth, young people and whole congregations)
Psalm 100: Worshiping and Serving the Creator with a Shout from All the Earth
Psalm 100 speaks about worshipping and serving the Lord. It calls us and all of creation to worship God. What does that look like? Creation worshipping God? Find out through a visual and in depth look at this Psalm. (Recommended for adult Sunday schools, seniors, retreats, conferences, young people and whole congregations)
As one hikes in the outdoors and honestly examines nature, the hand of God is evident. Culture grows and flourishes with a proper view of nature as the creation of God. When God is not seen as the Creator, a culture begins to fall. This presentation makes an insightful investigation into how a culture can protect itself from a systematic breakdown of morality through a proper view of creation. When we understand God created our hearts our hearts are ready for the Gospel message (Recommended for men’s groups, adult Sunday school, seniors, retreats and whole congregations)
Christianity, Cults and Creation
This introductory look into the world of creation and faith explores the Church’s past and present relationship with creation. It then contrasts the Christian worldview with how other religions and cults look at “nature”. (Recommended for adult Sunday school, seniors, retreats and whole congregations)
Complete Composition Photography Workshop
I like to hike and explore creation not only with my camera, but also with my heart. Photography not only captures the beauty of God’s creation, but also imparts a way to connect with God as an artist and a photographer.
In this workshop, we explore important photographic concepts such as composition, lighting, and subject matter as well as examining, connecting and worshipping God though the art of photography. The focus the workshop is nature photography (including landscape and wildlife), but all photographers will benefit. (Recommended for those interested learning about photography and honoring God with photography)
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