Bezalel's Compass

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

March 2, 2013

St. Francis Xavier

Filed under: Architecture, Art — Tags: , , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 3:01 am

St Francis, Stillwater OKThis is a recent collaborative project between Hord Architects, Franck & Loshen for a new church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. With 45,000 square feet housing a sanctuary, chapel, parish hall, school and administration while perched upon a high rising bluff, it literally is a city set upon a hill for the local community to comprehend and appreciate. Kudos to my associate Matthew Lee for an great rendering. This will be an eventful week!

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 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 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.

February 24, 2012

Schematic Drawings for a Kentucky Monestary

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