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.
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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