Bezalel's Compass

April 20, 2014

Dying to One’s Self and the Glory of Resurrection Day

peter-paul-rubens-holy-trinityDon’t answer a man by studying about him – the horrid concept that spurns difference, rather study to show yourself approved toward God. Build the relation. Get to know your man. Let him tell you what he thinks, knows and believes. Let him trust you that you will listen to his thoughts, ideas and words. Let his confidence be ensured that you will not condemn his concept, rape his reason, disparage his decision, a priori. Know him intimately, as a friend. What point is there to win the argument only to lose the man? To build a wall only to keep civility and its discourse outside? Embrace the awkwardness of not knowing. Cherish the confliction of concepts. Desire the disparity of mental genealogies. In the endgame, reason doesn’t win the battle, that’s belongs to the middle ground. The beginning and end is a gift of love.

December 16, 2013

Trust

Filed under: In Other's Words, On Existence and Time, Quotes: probably out of context — Tags: — Eric G. Ivers @ 11:46 pm

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so” – Douglas Adams

July 19, 2013

Christ and Architecture

Geneva“The situation of the Presbyterian/ Reformed churches in America is very much akin to that of the Church of England, so well described by Peter Hammond (in Liturgy and Architecture, 1960). Like the Anglicans, we have simply not given enough thought to our to our theology in relation to church architecture. Unlike the Church of England, however, we are not imitating the “traditional” churches of an earlier age; rather, we are being tossed about on a shifting sea of eclectic borrowings. This situation will continue until we are willing to give some very serious thought to our understanding of the relationship between gospel and architecture. If the gospel and its proclamations are important, and if architecture can proclaim the gospel in a significant way, then we must consider with absolute seriousness its architectural proclamation” -Bruggink.

If art is a language endowed with meaning, how has church architecture proclaimed the gospel to you?

In response to the quote above, I present to you G.K. Beale’s “The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church building where Calvin preached in Geneva

April 3, 2013

Remembering My Own Self

Early Days

Every year, this day, April 2nd,  I remember:

“The title of the free, of the “coming generation,” could not be bestowed on those whose future was not hewn out by the older generation’s voluntary restraint and opening up of their “coming.” Future and freedom, liberty and “coming” are two aspects of the same thing. Without foresight – no freedom. My father’s foresight is my freedom. My own “future” is made possible by the love of the preceding generation.” – Origin of Speech, E.R.H.

My son, hear the instruction of you father and forsake not the law of you mother…  if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou inline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searcheth for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

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 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)

September 18, 2012

Choir of Angels

Where should a choir be stationed in a church? Should the choir be visible? In a loft? In the background supporting the congregation? Up front and center?  When I was in Venice during Pentecost at San Marco, I was slack jawed at the choir of angels that sang from an invisible “beyond”. Unseen, the choir pulled the congregation of the temporal faithful into the realm of the eternal. The call of holy communion was administered within and among the incorporeal church militant. This is the power of art that stops time. How else might architecture affect how we  worship?

San Marco, Venice

April 2, 2012

Time Regained and Paradise Lost

Filed under: In Other's Words, On Existence and Time, Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:50 pm

‘Wallowing in the past may be good literature. As wisdom, it’s hopeless. Time Regained is Paradise Lost, and Time Lost is Paradise Regained. Let the dead bury their dead. If you want to live at every moment as it presents itself, you’ve got to die to every other moment.” Huxley hits a home run every once in a while. Pretty amazing for someone who’s nearly blind.

February 29, 2012

Good Ol’ GK

Filed under: In Other's Words, On Existence and Time — Tags: — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:37 am

“The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man.” -Chesterton

The beginning of a new haiku

Filed under: Haiku, On Existence and Time — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:06 am

My soul lies awake, dissecting one moment in space. Aletheia, her veiled face.

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