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Bringing TULIP to Life


Melynda Van Zee brought Calvinist doctrine to life recently through her art.

Van Zee, 36, used pages of an old Psalter Hymnal to create a tulip collage. She placed favorite hymns and catechism sections on a canvas and then painted layers of glaze over the pages.

The acronym TULIP summarizes the five points of Calvinism (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance of the saints) and has been taught to Christian Reformed catechism students for generations.

Van Zee said the red paint that accidentally began dripping down the tulip signifies Christ’s blood for her sins.

Van Zee and her family attend Grace Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.

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