vol. 7, num. 15 :: 2008.07.25 — 2008.09.12
Our houses are places where many of our deepest values become incarnate in wood and glass and brick and stone. What does a house faithfully built look like? What are our limitations?
How the variety of buildings in which we worship reflect larger tensions and ideas, particularly for multi-generation families.
What is the effective difference between a cathedral and an auditorium? A sparse Protestant dais and Orthodox iconography?
A renovation project sparks ideas about the interplay of images and values embodied in bricks and mortar.
Why we need sustainable building solutions now.
A reflection on the purpose of a home and how to be attentive to the story it tells.
On learning to see a space through the eyes of hospitality.
How making a first home can be a re-discovery of self.
An unconventional film about community and a magazine about cultivating an earth-friendly home.
Building your own home can be a rewarding adventure when you apply your values.
A coffeehouse in Sheboygan, Wisconsin serves locals with more than just delicious treats.
Can a concert be more healing than a visit to the doctor?
Architect David Greusel on why the design of a built environment should matter to thoughtful Christians.
The findings of a new study may surprise “seeker-friendly” congregations.
Resources and success stories on making church buildings more attentive to creation.
Reflecting on a year-long experiment in time off.
The task of prophetic imagination and ministry is to bring to public expression those very hopes and yearnings that have been denied so long and suppressed so deeply that we no longer know they are there. Hope, on the one hand, is an absurdity too embarrassing to speak about, for it flies in the face of all those claims we have been told are facts. Hope is the refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion; and one does that only at great political and existential risk. On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question. Thus the exilic community lacked the tools of hope. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly forfeited because they are an embarrassment. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly squelched because they are a threat.
The Prophetic Imagination
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