Showing posts with label Christianity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christianity. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God

Yesterday was the 273rd anniversary of Jonathan Edwards' sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. This sermon is seen as an important event and exemplar of the preaching during the First Great Awakening, a period of fervent religious revival in the American colonies. Edwards' argument basically establishes that sinners (us) are in danger of the punishment of a just God, and that the only thing that is keeping us from that punishment for the time being is God's own mercy. The solution, as he argues, is to repent of our sins and turn to Christ. Mr. Mandalorian illustrated this in LEGO for a school assignment (I've actually blogged this here before, but heard a news item yesterday about the anniversary and thought it was timely).


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vor Frue Kirke

Vor Frue Kirke, the Church of Our Lady (here in LEGO by Lasse Vestergård), is the Cathedral of Copenhagen and the National Cathedral of Denmark. Churches have stood at this location since 1187, but the current cathedral was built in the early 1800's.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

All scripture?

The missing chunks out of the Bible in BMW_Indy's II Timothy 3:16 are his commentary on how many Christians ignore parts that are inconvenient to them, while ALL scripture is God-breathed.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
MOC by Sir Valiant.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11



MOC by customBRICKS

Maundy Thursday

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday, the day Christians remember the Last Supper and the night Jesus was arrested. At the last supper, Christ said "This is my body" and "This is my blood", pointing to how he was about to give his body up for sacrifice and have his blood spilled for his followers. Ever since Christians have celebrated holy communion in remembrance of that night, but there has been debate among branches of Christianity about what is actually going on in that ritual. Some believe that the bread and wine are mere symbols, pointing us to remember Christ's sacrifice. Others believe in a more literal reading of Christ's words, feeling that in some mystical way the bread and wine actually take on the substance of Christ's body and blood, either at the point of blessing (transubstantiation) or in some way at all times (consubstatiation). This communion scene was on Pinterest; it was attributed to ValGlaser on Etsy, but that person seems to have deleted their Etsy account, so I don't have a link to the original.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. As Fithboy illustrates here, a week before his crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. "The Coming of Zion's King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" Zechariah 9:9. The people sang his praises and laid palm branches and their cloaks on the ground before him.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Sorry for the long blogging hiatus. I do want to get back into things, and will soon, but I wanted to do a quick post on St. Patrick's Day. Like a great number of holidays (holy days), this too has a religious origin that has been largely lost in current celebrations. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Two stories about him have him miraculously driving the snakes from Ireland (depicted here by Histo-Sci) and using a shamrock to teach people about the Trinity (here by David FNJ).



Friday, January 17, 2014

Christmas Crib

I've been really bad about blogging for the last month, and therefore I missed a ton of Christmas-themed MOCs, such as Birgburg's Christmas Crib. It's still the Epiphany season, depending on the denominational calendar, so this is still relevant, right?


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Friday, November 22, 2013

C.S. Lewis

While all the news outlets are remembering the assassination of John F Kennedy fifty years ago today, we should not forget another great man that died on the same day - C.S. Lewis.* The author is known for his many works, ranging from professional writing about literature, to philosophical defenses for the Christian faith, to his rich fictional worlds. He will probably always be most associated with the magical world of Narnia, where several English children got to know Jesus, as he was incarnated in that world as a lion named Aslan. Here Allen reproduced Peter's shield, bearing the emblem of Aslan. As Lewis described it in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, "The shield was the colour of silver and across it there ramped a red lion, as bright as a ripe strawberry at the moment when you pick it."



*I should also note that Aldous Huxley died on the same day as well. Christian philosopher and Lewis scholar Peter Kreeft wrote a book, Between Heaven and Hell, in which he imagines Kennedy, Lewis and Huxley meeting in a sort of limbo after their deaths and debating their various world views.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dia de Los Muertos

In some Christian traditions, Halloween is simply the opening of a three-day holiday, the Hallowmas. All Hallows' Eve leads to All Hallows', or All Saints' Day. This is a day to remember and celebrate all of those dead who have entered Heaven. At least in the Catholic tradition, the next day, All Souls' Day, is a day to remember and pray for those who died in the faith but have not yet entered Heave (i.e. they are still in Purgatory). In Mexico and some other nations, Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has become a major holiday. Families will often bring favorite foods or other remembrances to loved ones' graves, or they will build small shrines in their homes. There are ceremonies and prayers in the churches, and there is also a generally festive atmosphere with parades, music, and parties. Seaotter71 built a number of scenes for a stop-motion video of Dia de Los Muertos traditions.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Smolny Cathedral

I've previously noted Heath Flor's Smolny Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox cathedral in St Petersburg that is now a concert hall. Last year Dave Kaleta built this Micro Smolny as a Christmas gift.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Aslan

C.S. Lewis' series of seven children's fantasy novels, the Chronicles of Narnia, tell allegorized versions of Bible stories and otherwise present Christian themes. In this world of talkin animals, Jesus is reimagined as Aslan (here in LEGO by ArzLan), the king and the son of the Emperor-over-the-Sea.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy birthday, Classic-Castle!

In addition to maintaining my little family of LEGO blogs, I'm also actively involved in Classic-Castle.com, the source for all your LEGO Castle needs. Classic-Castle just turned ten years old! In recognition of that, let's feature something appropriately themed. Here is my own sig-fig from Classic-Castle, the Precentor of the Scriptorium. In a medieval monastery, the scriptorium (literally 'place for writing') was where monks carefully copied the Bible and other manuscripts by hand. This duty in the monastery was led by the precentor, a title that is also used for the lead chanter in worship.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

St Francis of Assisi

Sorry about the lack of blog posts for three weeks, life has been hectic. In the meantime I've bookmarked a lot of MOCs to put here. For instance, David Alexander Smith built St Francis of Assisi.