Parable of the "Sower & the Soils" monumental
Bronze at Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, NC
Tom White was honored to create an eight-foot bronze monumental sculpture scene of Jesus' parable of the "Sower & the Soils", depicted in Mark 4:2-20, which was dedicated for permanent placement at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 19, 2011.
Franklin Graham asked Tom to create a sculpture that would capture the ministry of sowing the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tom wanted to capture both the Sower of the seeds and the condition of men's hearts in response to the seed, as depicted in Christ's parable — thus the crows, stony ground, thorns and thistles choking out the seed, and the wheat (depicting the good harvest) on the base and at the feet of the Sower in this bronze monumental and tabletop statue.
Franklin and Dr. Graham considered it important that people understand that ANY man whose heart is submitted to God can be used, just as Dr. Billy Graham has been as a "Sower" of the Gospel.
It remains Tom's hope that this sculpture will inspire men to become 'fertile soil' as they choose to receive the seed that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ... and that they go forth to spread that seed into the lives of others. (Mark 4:2-20).
"It was an honor and a joy to create the "Sower & the Soils" and especially to work with Franklin and Dr. Billy Graham, and with their dedicated teams at both the BGEA and Samaritan's Purse, especially with Donna Lee Toney who coordinated the Sower project. " ... Tom & Marcey White