Steven Kozar has been painting as a full-time professional artist since 1986 (right after he dropped out of art school), specialising in amazingly-realistic watercolour technique (although occasionally using oil or acrylic). His paintings have been sold in prestigious art galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., New York and London.
In recent years Steven had also been writing the Messed Up Church blog, and lately begun podcasting, with the aim of helping "hurting and/or frustrated people in the church... filter through all the shallow and confusing things" they've been told by the "Evangelical Industrial Complex" in the hope that they might "come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian."
Items mentioned in / relevant to the interview
Steven Kozar, "A Manifestation of Christian Discernment", Messed Up Church blog, PirateChristian.com (14 February 2017)
- __________, "Pastor David Hughes Jumps Up and Down on a Gigantic Couch", Museum of Idolatry, PirateChristian.com (02 February 2017)
__________, "Assertions and Assumtions are NOT the Foundation of the Church", Messed Up Church blog (27 January 2017)
__________, "The Steven Furtick Cornucopia of False Teaching, Egomania and Hair Gel", Messed Up Church blog (12 September 2016)
- __________, "Defusing Demonic Dirty Bombs", Messed Up Church blog (09 January 2016)
__________, "When Did the Church Turn Into Amway?", Messed Up Church blog (29 October 2015)
Chris Rosebrough's Fighting for the Faith podcast (http://www.piratechristian.com/fightingforthefaith/)
- BEZELT3 YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNYC94uenQywF8H8ZhbyNMw)
Amway (Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amway)
- Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+corinthians+6%3A3-10&version=NIV)
Isaiah 11:1-3 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+11&version=NIV)
Theme music: Chillout Me by Antony Raijekov, from his Jazz U compilation (CC BY-NC 2.5)
Slide show image: "A Manifesto of Christian Discernment" © Steven Kozar, all rights reserved, used here with permission; kindly adapted for use at The Mind Renewed by Mark of PlantASeed.org.uk.