Bezalel's Compass

December 24, 2012

Advent – Generations Shall Call Me Blessed

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, On Existence and Time — Eric G. Ivers @ 4:46 pm

Ruebens - AnnunciationMy soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.


December 11, 2012

Advent – The Faith of Abraham

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:25 am

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Crossroads Baptist Church

Crossroads Baptist This project is currently in the design development phase. It is a church commission in the greater Memphis area built in the Georgian manner of early American architecture. The 30,000 square foot campus consists of a sanctuary for 500 people, classrooms and a great hall. The project will built in two phases with ground breaking scheduled for early 2013. This rendering depicts the first phase of the building project.

Advent – Jeremiah’s Hope

Rembrandt-Jeremiah_Lamenting_the_Destruction_of_Jerusalem.normal“The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.” – Jeremiah 33:14-16

December 7, 2012

Word of Mouth and a Residence for Eastern Washington

Filed under: Architecture — Tags: , , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 4:52 am

Hoyt ResidenceWord of mouth pays and remains the most reliable form of marketing. Nothing sells a firm better than happy customers and good relationships. Still, two and a half years after leaving the great Pacific Northwest, I still get calls for commissions to design residences (and recently churches!). Evidently good architecture, that embraces the traditional forms and methods of history, makes lasting impressions on sensible people. This rendering is a project in eastern Washington whose contract drawings were completed over the summer. I try not to miss the opportunity to visit the Inland Northwest any chance that makes itself available.

For wonders He has made!

Filed under: Drawing on Life, Kids These Days — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:38 am

Victor My son: “O sing a joyful sound unto the LORD!”

Advent: Waiting on the LORD

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:34 am

Meissonier_Jean-Louis-Ernest-IsaiahIsaiah by Meissonier: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”. Isaiah 40:31

Imagin(ing) Christ

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Drawing on Life — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:25 am

There are few churches that do not contain images of Jesus incarnated. Either in stain glass, on the walls, in paintings, in statues, crucifixes, or as the church building itself. Its a benefit of the incarnation, we saw Him and beheld His glory. Idolatry is found not in the portraying of Christ as such, but in the worship of the medium in which He was communicated. Sometimes the images are rightly torn down to remind us of the proper telos for the image.

December 5, 2012

Advent – Isaiah and the Massacre of the Innocents

Nicholas Poussin, 1594-1665 “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked”. (Is 11:4) The advent of Christ, against all Victorian and subsequent sentimentalities, came first and foremost during the darkest hour of a ‘scorched earth’ warfare. (Rev. 12) Poussin’s classical restraint is synchronously paired with the dramatic passion of the scene; the brutality of the soldier, the terror of the mother, the almost audible cry of the child, the mindless agony of a mother clutching her dead child. The stillness of the frame, the low viewpoint of the perspective, the closeness of the cast, all serve to bring us into this world of abominable cruelty. This world becomes personal, individual, all-to-real, dare I say real-lifelike. This is the world of Christmas. Its our world. This is the world for which his name was “called Jesus: for He will save His people from their sins”. (Matt 1:21)

December 4, 2012

Advent – Virgin Birth and What Cannot Be Concieved

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:37 am

Sandro Botticelli - Mystical Nativity 1500There is a lot being communicated here, but three things pop out. First, this scene conjoins the spiritual realm and the physical realm in one cosmic gift event through the redemption of creation; the demons beneath the feet of men are scattered as the angels in heaven rejoice. The world of creation is being saved and marks the beginning of the end of evil. (Jn. 3:16) Secondly, while this one singular event is being played out, time is simultaneously stretched. The manger scene itself is the beginning or entrance to the grave and the life of Christ is meant to be remembered between those bookends.

Lastly, while discussing the Virgin Birth, Karl Barth concluded: “The Virgin Birth at the opening and the empty tomb at the close of Jesus’ life bear witness that this life is in fact marked off from all the rest of human life, and marked off, in the first instance, not by our understanding or our interpretations, but by itself.” The Virgin Birth and the empty tomb tell an in-conceivable story.

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