Category Archives: meaning

fruit with a bite out of it

A few weeks ago, I was communicating about the significance of images and used the logo of Apple, among others, to highlight the power of image and specifically the meaning of this image found in story of the forbidden fruit in the story of Genesis 3. Whether we recognize it or not there is meaning and thus power embedded in the images that we encounter in our lives.

This morning, a friend (thank you Brandon Rhodes) posted an article regarding the historian Henry Adams and his take on our life in the information and technology age.

While I disagree with the two options at the conclusion of the article, I wonder too how our human ingenuity and technology gets in the way of our connection and engagement with God and with one another. Take a moment and read the article; it is worth your time. What’s your take?

imaging God

Life has suddenly turned busy over the last few weeks as I continue to work, now have 2 kids in school and have started back to school myself in a doctoral program focused on discernment of images and activity in a shifting culture (depending on what you call it).

In one chat session with our cohort last week, we discussed the picture to the left that is Michaelangelo’s painting of God’s Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In September 2004, I saw this painting from the floor of the Sistine Chapel but I had never considered the significance of the painting.

As you look at the painting some questions to consider: What is the focus of the painting? How is Adam portrayed in the painting? What is God doing? How are they interacting? What does the space between signify?

See what you come up with as you think through this painting. The image is powerful and certainly communicates more than a 1000 words.

Life.

My compassionate wife found this video on one of our friend’s blogs. Take a look…

When we were at Fuller Seminary, we experienced something we had never experienced before…a 100 day birthday. In Korean culture it is customary to not bring a baby out of the house until their 100 day birthday. While this may or may not be the case for Korean families…to us, we felt a sense of detachment for these children. They are not exposed to the beauty of this world that God created or the sense of a loving community or people to surround their family. After having 2 boys and immediately inviting community inot our family, I can’t imagine not including our community in the process of loving our children.

But this couple in “99 Balloons” did not let their son’s health condition stand between them and loving him as much as they did. As I reflect on the experience of this family, I am reminded of an experience five years ago when we miscarried a child after just 13 weeks. Within a time frame of a few weeks, I had begun to love that child more than I knew and it was very difficult to let go of that child when he died. Then again, I am reminded of how God gives and takes away life through our experience of losing a child just at this video describes at the end.