Archive for cathederal

Stained Glass

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, poem with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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A really cool poem I think. We have been created so that beauty is only realized when God works through us, just as stained glass windows are only beautiful when light penetrates through them. Yet my life is filled with brokenness …

Stained Glass
Shards of glass
broken
jagged
useless

cast down carelessly
thoughtlessly
dreams shattered
paradigms shifted

colored by
time, circumstance
events undeserved
unsolicited
unplanned
stained, changed

and then

carefully chosen
cautiously handled
rejoined

placed in perfect order
melded together
by crimson
ribbons
dried, strengthened
new creation

story unfolding
light shining through
impacting the darkness
by a filtered Son

with every broken, jagged edge
i will praise You.

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architectural style … or not …

Posted in Christianity, odds and ends, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , on July 9, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

I don’t think that one could never accuse American Churches of having overwhelmingly good architectural style. Our European friends have us beat hands-down in that category, as can be seen in this photo of a breathtaking church in Iceland.

 

I will confess that viewing pictures of the magnificent churches and cathedrals of Europe sometimes make me wonder uncomfortably about the wealth that went into their creation. But gotta be something to be said about gathering to worship in a place of such stunning architectural beauty—and I find myself wishing that a stronger aesthetic streak ran in American circles.

 

I may have noted this link before, but it seems relevant here: a Slate slideshow of American megachurch architecture.

http://slate.msn.com/id/2127615/

I will not deny those are impressive structures, but why do they all have to look so much like airport terminals? lol

First Christian Church, Eugene, Oregon

Posted in Photography with tags , , on March 3, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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The cornerstone of the present church building was laid in 1911 at a original cost $75,000, although it was reduced by $1,000 when the contractor was unable to fix a leak in the dome. It leaked for 81 years and was finally fixed! One of the most impressive features of the church is its stained glass windows which may be found in every part of the original structure including the Sunday School and meeting rooms. The Sanctuary windows depict the story of the Christ in Gothic style, reproducing several famous paintings. I didn’t get near the time I wanted but will be checking it out a lot closer on my next visit! This building is a true treasure!

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John the Baptist’s …. Hand?

Posted in Christianity, odds and ends with tags , , , on February 9, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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This is just bizarre…

What is it with these Russian newspapers??

Link: Ancient Hand Inspires Talk of Miracles

 

Ancient Hand Inspires Talk of Miracles

By Anastasiya Lebedev
Staff Writer

Thousands of people, many of them old women wearing long skirts and head scarves, shaded themselves with umbrellas as they waited for hours Wednesday to see and kiss a chest containing the purported right hand of John the Baptist.

“It’s not every day that they bring something so holy to Moscow,” Svetlana Chausova said, standing near the head of the line at 1 p.m. Chausova, 31, and most of her family had been waiting to get into Christ the Savior Cathedral since 6 a.m. Her husband had to give up earlier to go to work …”

‘Dem Bones/Sedlec Ossuary Chapel of All Saints

Posted in Christianity, odds and ends, religion, scripture with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

Ezekiel – Chapter 37:4 Then he said to me, “Speak to these bones and say, `Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again! 6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ “

 

Now for something different I’ve come across …

 

Until it was bombed out in World War II, a Christian sanctuary called the Sacra Infirmary Chapel on Malta was decorated entirely with human bones. The three photos below show detail in the Sedlec Ossuary Chapel of All Saints, located in the Czech Republic. It is decorated with the bones of 40,000 saints!

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http://www.ludd.luth.se/users/silver_p/kutna-1.html

Now this raises a theological question. If it is believed that those who are “resurrected with Christ” in the last day will rise up with their bodies, then what would one see if one was in one of these chapels at the moment of the Last Trump?

Just had to ask …

American Church Style

Posted in Christianity, odds and ends with tags , , , , on January 8, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
I don’t think that one could never accuse American Churches of having overwhelmingly good architectural style. Our European friends have us beat hands-down in that category, as can be seen in this photo of a breathtaking church in Iceland.
 
 
I will confess that viewing pictures of the magnificent churches and cathedrals of Europe sometimes make me wonder uncomfortably about the wealth that went into their creation. But gotta be something to be said about gathering to worship in a place of such stunning architectural beauty and I find myself wishing that a stronger aesthetic streak ran in American circles.
 
I may have noted this link before, but it seems relevant here: 
 
http://slate.msn.com/id/2127615/
 
Some of these new churches are striking, but they seem less about spirituality and more about showmanship.  I will not deny those are impressive structures, but why do they all have to look so much like airport terminals? lol
 
Have a blessed day everyone!

An Astonishing Sonnet

Posted in poem with tags , on November 24, 2008 by Tim R Wilson
Its so hard to choose a very first post! lol After considerable pondering let me share this poem ….
An Astonishing Sonnet

A million years ago I was a thought;
a kind of dream of One who is, was, shall.
A million years from now I’ll have been wrought
perfectly in His lovely cathedral.
Is there a doubt His will shall not be done?
It is accomplished even now. How looks
at me in backward glance when time has run
it’s course. My joy ‘s already in His books.
He knew me before my birth, and knew the place
He’d put me and extract me from. My shame
is when I lose the thread of His warm grace
and falter, wounded in my thoughts, and lame.
A million years ago I was a shall;
destined to be a living cathedral.

 
   ~John Mark Butterworth