What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost." Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:4-7 ESV

Dear friends,

     It is common and certainly reasonable to be interested in an artist’s background. We’re curious, and imagine that knowing something about the maker will enhance our appreciation of the art. What is it that informs his choices of color, or line, or manuscript?

     In this case, with God’s Word as the subject, I would have preferred to be anonymous. Letting scripture speak is so clearly not about me. More than that, I would die of shame to think that my shortcomings would be a barrier to the Holy Spirit for anyone. But I believe that all things work together for good to those that love God, who are called according to his purpose. As only He can do, my failure and sin is the background of his glorious healing and triumph. A little courage on my part is only right and proper for that heavenly Father who has given me all: the talent, the training, the desire, and the freedom to be in this place right now.

     My deep appreciation of letterforms was nurtured by gifted lettering artists: Lothar Hoffman, Dick Isbell and Jerry Campbell. The years I spent working in paint, intaglio, and graphic design have been bound together for this work in such a combination that my heart is full to bursting. Even the typeface used for chapter and verse attributions is my own design (P22 Mackinac).

To Him be the glory,

Michael David Beens