Bezalel's Compass

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

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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.

February 26, 2013

John Calvin, Decorum and Church Architecture

John Calvin wrote, “Decorum ought to be observed in the sacred assemblies” (Commentary on I Corinthians). According to Calvin, the chief principle governing public worship is decorum, a concept that describes how we are to behave, dress, and, I would add, build. For Calvin, decorum is a general principle that includes qualities such as propriety, gracefulness, dignity and, yes, beauty. Indeed, these are the qualities that should be sought in church architecture…

…The dignity, decorum, and beauty that we seek in designing places for public worship should extend also to the external witness of the church. We must not forget that, besides being a gathered body of believers, the local church is also an earthly institution. Like all civic and commercial institutions, when churches construct buildings, they are building public statements about their identity. In other words, all buildings—whether art museums, gas stations, big-box retailers, or churches—bear witness to the institutions they serve. – Reforming Church Architecture, David Gobel

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.

January 21, 2011

Homo Adorans

Filed under: Architecture, On Existence and Time, Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 7:39 am

All rational, spiritual and other qualities of man, distinguishing him from other creatures, have their focus and ultimate fulfillment in this capacity to bless God, to know, so to speak, the meaning of the thirst and hunger that constitutes his life. “Homo sapiens,” “homo faber” … yes, but, first of all, “homo adorans.” The first, the basic definition of man is that he is the priest. He stands in the center of the world and unifies it in his act of blessing God, of both receiving the world from God and offering it to God. … The world was created as the “matter,” the material of one all-embracing Eucharist, and man was created as the priest of this cosmic sacrament. -Alexander Schmemann

January 18, 2011

Danielou

Filed under: Art, On Existence and Time, Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 4:12 am

“If anything is certain about the Christian view of economic and political values, it is that these are entirely relative/ To treat them as absolute is a form of idolatry.” – The Lord of History: Reflections on the Inner Meaning of History

“While the artist as such is neither physicist nor metaphysicist, without him physics cannot lead to metaphysics.” -Prayer as a Political Problem

February 22, 2010

Victims and Victors

Filed under: Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 7:44 pm

A victim blames and a victor learns.  -D. Brelsford

Age

Filed under: Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 6:25 am

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. – Andrew Carnagie

Mediocrity

Filed under: Quotes: probably out of context — Eric G. Ivers @ 6:24 am

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

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