Architecture and a Designer Deity - John Van Sloten

August 12, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhere is God in the spaces we inhabit? What does good design communicate about his nature?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24:1

There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man (or woman) feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the centre of this way. It is not possible to make great buildings, or great towns, beautiful places, places where you feel yourself, places where you feel alive, except by following this way. And, as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form, as the trees and hills, and as our faces are.
Christopher Alexander, Architect

At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home.
The prophet Zephaniah 3:20

". . . I believe he (renown Architect Christopher Alexander) is likely to be remembered most of all, in the end, for having produced the first credible proof of the existence of God"
Eric Buck, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31


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August 18, 2012
This is an updated version of a sermon from November 2006.

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November 12, 2006
John,
Thank you for validating what I do!! You reinforced that by bringing beauty or that 'look that feels just right' to clients, I am in some way drawing them closer to God. About a year and half ago I did a course on finding my spiritual gift. My answer to the question of what principal, cause or purpose I wanted to live out in this world got summed up in the following statement - To restore people's joy in (God's expression of the aesthetic) beauty - . Wow, your sermon this morning spoke so beautifully to me. Sam and I call that kind of beauty our "God moments". In fact, I could feel the Holy Spirit moving through the church as well this morning. I also wrote down the book series by Christopher Alexander to go on my Christmas list!! Am pondering a beauty quote from God to go on my website www.oakleafandreel.ca - just don't want it to be too 'churchy'. A friend of mine is going to tighten up the writing so this might be the ideal time .....Hmmmmm.
On another note ... how 'bout that Velvet Elvis - the gift that keeps giving!! I have another one for you 'When Heaven Invades Earth' by Bill Johnson - not sure you'll be ordering 150 copies of it, but it's definitley worth a read!
Already looking forward to the sermon next week.

Shelley Megale
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Genesis 1:31,Zephaniah 3:20,scitech,building,design,Christopher Alexander,architect,work,vocation

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