To See

Two weeks ago, I preached a sermon that was the beginning of a new series at church I'm simply calling "The Jesus Lab: Discovering and Practicing the Artful Action of Jesus."  I'm borrowing an idea from the world of acting, wondering out loud what Jesus was doing from moment-to-moment, asking the question the way I …

Beauty is Order

This sounds static, suggesting at first glance symmetry, a stolid arrangement of properties that 50's housewives might call beautiful, but to the eyes and hearts of the postmodern...boring. For the wilder romantic, order means predictability means oppression (in the realm of experience). To be alive means to meet the chaotic mix of experience full-on, without …

Beauty is Relationship

When it comes to perception, we start with the senses. We are a visual culture, and in casual usage, the word "beauty" is most often associated with what we see. Beauty that strikes us visually usually involves a pleasing or satisfying "form," some relationship between various aesthetic properties that we often perceive in an instant. …

Beauty

What is "beauty's" primary referent? What exists that gives us the notion of beauty? Where does the very idea begin? How important is beauty? What is its nature and meaning? How do we account for its pervasive presence in experience? How does life change with the waxing and waning of beauty? Is beauty a thing …

Too Busy for Beauty

I came across an absolutely stunning article a couple of days ago that produced an odd reaction me, a response completely surprising. It's a long piece, and about 2/3's of the way into it, I discovered I was choking up. "Pearls Before Breakfast" by Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post actually made me cry. It …