How to Listen to a Building

Friday, 30 Aug 2013

Without an appreciation for the intrinsic messages of our media, we can contradict ourselves without realizing it'or we can make so much noise, we actually drown out what we are trying to say.
Once upon a time, the people who built churches believed the buildings could talk. Today, many of the people who build churches for a living don’t know what their buildings are saying. The buildings still speak, but mostly the messages are unintentional. And regrettably some church buildings actually contradict what is being preached from the pulpits in those buildings. The authors of this little essay are Presbyterians, and we love the Reformed faith: one is a pastor and the other an architect. The pastor has a background in the visual arts’his artist mother enrolled him ...

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