Fishers of Men (Artful Devotion)

Fishing for Souls by Bill Hemmerling
Bill Hemmerling (American, 1943–2009), Fishing for Souls. Oil on canvas, 60 × 10 in.

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

—Luke 5:1–11

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SONG: “Fishers of Men” by Becky Buller | Performed by Rhonda Vincent, on One Step Ahead (2003)

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is the most awarded band in bluegrass history. This studio version of their “Fishers of Men” cover is great, but there is also a commercially available live recording on Vincent’s Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ (2012), plus several live-performance videos on YouTube. I like this one from a 2007 bluegrass festival in Miamisburg, Ohio:

The other singers are, from left to right, Mickey Harris, Kenny Ingram, and Darrell Webb.


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3 thoughts on “Fishers of Men (Artful Devotion)

  1. Thank you Victoria! I love the painting by Bill Hemmerling, a wonderful illustration of Jesus words. Thanks for the music.

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  2. Hi Victoria, My name is Jen DeHuff and I am a fan of your blog and newsletter. I was in missionary work with Cru for 14 years up until last May, serving college art students mostly in NYC where we sponsored campus-wide dialogues about art, faith & humanity. I am transitioning to a new chapter now, and miss the art and faith aspect of missionary work. I was wondering if you knew of anyone in Philadelphia or NYC that I could speak to as I explore new ventures among artists or believers? I’ve studied art myself in PA where I got my B.A., studied urban photography at Goldsmiths Univ. of London last summer and have attended the C.S. Lewis Foundation summer institute. I’m longing to be in the art world but have a lot of experience in mentoring and programming which is more ministry-related.

    Anyways, thanks for sending out great emails!

    Sincerely, Jen DeHuff

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