Sunday, November 11, 2012
Old Church Steeples and Blue Sky
At the time I took this picture, practical thoughts went through my mind. How does a church like this occupying a slice of history ever hope to find a place of relevance and place of connection with the present? As it reminds us of the past in every waking moment, the present becomes the challenge. Right now in our American church culture we would prefer every church structure to be post-modern designed like a factory, warehouse, or a movie theater. That may be a reaction to churches that were the product of an era when the vision of churches was of tall cathedral ceiling and stain-glass windows with limited real functionality. As if the building says something about what takes place within?
That is the point...churches are supposed to say something about what takes place within...I love the fact that the early church when they got to the point where church buildings were safe the very first designs were in the shape of a cross. Steeples and blue sky go together...they point to the One who knows the end from the beginning ..the One who holds us in the palm of his hand.
Thanks to Richard Leonard for his pictures of churches he and I share a mutual interest or maybe obsession with church buildings...and hopefully of the church of Jesus Christ alive and vibrant in the 21st century.
Lord Jesus--Let Living Springs be just that alive with your Holy Spirit.