Bezalel's Compass

March 30, 2013

The Prophecy of Isaiah

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, Praise — Tags: , , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 1:33 am

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… Isaiah 49:16

We live in a world of common place alienation, loneliness and exile, but Isaiah reminds us that the LORD has not forgotten His people, that he is not far off and that he will draw nigh to His people. He will cause His face to shine upon us and our faces will be lifted up in joy.

Peter Paul Rubens-The Crucified Christ


March 29, 2013

What Wondrous Love is This

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

What wondrous love is this that God would be made flesh and dwell amongst a broken creation, to be despised and rejected by His own, the king of heaven and earth mocked by His servants, tortured and nailed to a cross? This is the love of God, that He should give grace toward those of such lowly and de-meritted intentions. Christ was incarnated to save those just like us. To re-orientate us within a new creation. To save the world by an unyielding sacrificial love.
Tiepolo - Christ Carrying the Cross

January 7, 2013

Essence of Christian Architecture

How we worship effects and shapes how we live. What then should we expect of christian architecture to support our thanksgiving? Some basic principles should guide how we think churches ought to be (and look like) churches…and enunciate the testimony of Christ’s kingdom on earth and as it is in heaven.

1) A church should have verticality – it reorientates our vision towards Christ enthroned and His majesty over the horizon of our earthly being.
2) A church should be durable – it proclaims that Christ’s kingdom is established, is meaningful and here for the long haul.
3) A church should be objectively beautiful – it’s a glorious thing He has done. The re-creation of our fallen world inaugurated at the cross and its final eskaton is provided as a glimpse during the act of corporate worship.

If your or your church is striving toward this end…lets talk. Its a conversation I’m passionate about. Art is fundamentally a creation in community and ultimately a reflection of our theology. More on this in near future posts.

January 9, 2012

Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Education of an architect, Praise — Tags: , — Eric G. Ivers @ 3:20 pm

Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, a beautiful Baroque masterpiece by Francesco Borromini.

March 31, 2011

The Sublime

Really? The romantic notion of the sublime, granted, with all its Kantian connotations and Burke-ian baggage, can’t be re-appropriated to describe something redeeming in the classicist’s notion of architecture? Blah, the problem of the romantic sublime is similar to the problem of classical beauty. Namely atheism. There is no ground. When we dis-positioned God as central to understanding (i.e. Kant) we lost all standard of reference toward propriety and decorum. That is the problem of the sublime… not its emotive locus but its misplaced expectation. We love the sublime for illegitimate reasons. Prayer, on the other hand, confronts the terribly awesome for the sole purpose of personal gratification. This confrontation fuels the architect’s vision of the infinitely, though still limited, possible. I admit, I’m a latent romantic and christian hedonist at heart.

May 20, 2010

Psalms 95

Filed under: Praise — Eric G. Ivers @ 8:52 am

Lest I ever forget, do I not remember that I was without hope in often times. By the strength of my own arms did I not dig the deepest of pits? By the inspiration of mine own vision, did I not travel the wrong paths? By hearing my own reason, did I not build cogent mountains upon false premises? Did I not taste the fruit of my own destruction?

But you O Lord, took pity upon me and set me upon a shore foundation.

By council you caused me to ask for the impossible. And you gave it.

In my relinquishment of care you gave me what I grasped for.

By your hand you have fed me with the delicacies of your own table.

Who are you that you are mindful of me? And for what, do you take notice of my goings?

Day in and day out you show me that you are there. But not simply there; intimately involved.

Let me not forget who brought me out of the land of my birth and set me toward the promise of my inheritance. The discontent of my heart is purged in the fire of your spirit. You have vanquished the desire of my heart and have left nothing to want. I will praise you will my mouth and in the morning I will sing of your blessings. The Lord has caused the memory of grace to be engraved upon my heart. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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