Temple: A Word With Multiple Meanings

Temple: A Word With Multiple Meanings

Temple. When you hear that word, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Nay, what do you feel? What emotions, or lack thereof, come to the surface when you hear the word temple? Does your mind automatic go to the Mormon temple down the road? Does that word bring thoughts of Hindu temples in India? Or the ancient Roman temples of Europe? Perhaps you think about Solomon’s temple from the Bible and wish you were there to watch the sacrifices? Or perhaps you recoil from horror of animal blood dripping off an altar? Temple. Is it a good word or a bad word? A word of pain or a word of joy? A word of the past? Or of the present? Or perhaps even a word of the future, a coming reality? A single word with multiple meanings. Multiple emotions. In a dry sense the word means nothing more than a building dedicated for religious practices. The building may be grand or very simple. But it is a building nonetheless. However the emotional symbolism of the word cannot be ignored as it seeks to pull us into a story that bigger than ourselves. Temple. A place where the spiritual world meets the physical world. A place where the gods of the sky come to bask in the worship of their followers. A place to which people run when in trouble or toward which they bow when celebrating victory. Temple. What does that word mean to you? What emotions do you feel? What images come unbidden to your mind? And, perhaps even more importantly, what gods live there? Whose...
The Portable Temple: An Ongoing Story

The Portable Temple: An Ongoing Story

It’s all about fried chicken. Juicy, buttermilk batter, on-the-bone, deep-fat fried chicken – the kind that clogs your arteries the moment you take a bite. To a Southern boy like myself, that is a description of a piece of mouth-watering fried chicken. Imagine my surprise when I came home one day a few months into my marriage to a meal of fried chicken only to find a piece of lightly battered, boneless, skinless chicken breast fried in a small amount of olive oil on my plate. I quickly discovered that to my health-conscious wife, “fried chicken” simply meant chicken that was fried. What happened? How could the two of us have two totally different images for the same food dish? Each person on this earth has a unique view on the world around them. This “worldview” is a framework of ideas and beliefs through which a person processes information… It’s like when you read a story or a portion of Scripture and something really jumps out at you like a billboard. Yet, when you show a friend the same passage, they don’t see anything. What does the Bible say about the temple of God? Have you thought about it before? This evolving installation explores the metamorphosis of the Temple of God as seen throughout scripture.   This is part one of an eight part evolving art piece currently on display at the Vineyard Boise art...
Finding Sunlight Inside A Hallway or The Mystery of Simplicity

Finding Sunlight Inside A Hallway or The Mystery of Simplicity

I had a few moments to kill, so I decided to take a close look at the paintings at the art gallery inside my local church. Every quarter this gallery hosts a new exhibit displaying the work of artists from within and without the church community. The current exhibit is about God’s Creation with paintings and sculptures of types and skill levels reveling the different aspects of the Creator King. Next to each work of art is a short artist statement with a little glimpse into the heart behind the piece. Meandering through this gallery, I saw oil paintings, mixed medium pieces, water colors, sculptures, pen and ink. I also saw gorgeous pieces by professional artiest next to those done by recreational amateurs. Everyone was invited to submit a piece for consideration in the exhibit. As I wondered through this wonderland of visual stimulation, my feet suddenly stopped working as a huge smile cribbed across my face. There in front of my eyes was the best piece in the whole gallery. I had found my pot of gold, the foundation of youth, the Holy Grail of Creation art hanging on a wall surrounded by fleeing clouds of color and texture. You may think I jest, but I do not as the joy I felt when I first saw this painting comes back even as I write these words. What was this painting that I saw that brought me such joy? Well, I’m glad you asked as I took a picture of this jewel which I now display below along with the artist statement: So, you may ask, why did...
Pacific Sunset

Pacific Sunset

While it seems like an eternity ago, last month at this time I was relaxing on the beach watching the sun go down. In thinking about that, I thought I would share a few ocean sunset pictures with you all....
Double Bow; Double Pot Of Gold

Double Bow; Double Pot Of Gold

I was driving home Wednesday when I saw the most glorious rainbow ever! It was an extremely bright double full rainbow stretching north-south across the Sweet Valley. Below are some pictures of the rainbow…unfortunately my camera was unable to take in the full panoramic of the complete bow in one picture....
Sweet Sunset #2

Sweet Sunset #2

Sunday evening Jadon and I were treated to a display of glorious proportions. The rain of the afternoon had stopped and the sun cast the pretty glows over the clouds. Ah, God is good....