Fourth Century mural
Winston Churchill once said that backward looking aids in forward seeing. Looking to the past in order to inform the present and bring vision to the future is a creative posture. For several years I have been thinking about the early church. That is, in and of itself, not that unusual for a priest, but I am intrigued by the conditions facing the Church in the first two centuries and those facing Western Christians in the post-modern twenty-first century.
The Roman Empire was very different from our time and yet in some ways very similar so I have studied everything from architecture and food to law and religion. I am finding it illuminating because what worked then can work again. The Gospel of Jesus the Christ is always prepared to sprout and live. Such can happen and is happening and will continue to happen until the end.
The further back you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.
The Shakers were very creative putting a rail around the room at eye-level where candle-sticks or clocks could be placed anywhere as needed.
Beautiful Place – Great Food – Historical Treasure
Pleasant Hill building painted Shaker Yellow
The West Family Dwelling – Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky