Bezalel's Compass

February 22, 2013

Is Your Church a City Set on a Hill or a Lamp Under a Bushel?

Filed under: Ideas Have Consequences, In Other's Words — Eric G. Ivers @ 7:14 pm

“As our pilgrim makes his way to the modern church, he must carry a detailed road map with him. He can’t locate the modern church by means of a steeple or by following the sound of pealing bells. Accordingly, he neither sees an inviting spire nor hears a welcoming peal. Instead, he keeps alert for road signs to direct him to the modern church, which is inconspicuous, like a lamp hidden under a bushel”. -Ugly as Sin, Michael Rose

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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.

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.

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