Saturday, October 26, 2019


Often when I've been into older church buildings, I've noticed plaques of quotes from the Bible.
Not so with modern buildings, and I wonder why not. As people 'of the Word' one would think that we would remind ourselves of it at every opportunity. Since the medieval illuminated manuscripts we've no tradition of artistic renditions of the word of God.

At Sunday School as a child we were given small stickers with verses of the Bible on them. Through the year we collected them in small albums for the purpose. These were a wonderful thing.

Indeed, there's such an apparent disdain for it that an I'm reminded of a fellow uni student on work experience who'd scrawled a verse on a scrap of paper and pinned it near his desk: the verse was Col 2:23: "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men", but it gave no evidence of any hearty work being done in the production of this reminder.

Now, let's see a tradition of joy in the text reemerge: as posters, post-cards, and 'high' art, in our homes,  our church buildings, and on screen savers!

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