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BlueLines

April 11, 2006

To begin with humor me as I wax nerdy. Blueprints are really the ones with blue background and white lines. It is a totally different process and diazo prints which are the common white paper with blue lines also called “bluelines”. Which I almost named my blog. I still think that would be a cool name and has neat possibilities for graphics.

The process of making blueprints came about in, you guessed it, the mid 1800’s. Another modern invention.

Angie kept PESTERING me to listen to a sermon on unity. I did, it was great. And this idea comes out of it. But I would like to put some more flesh on the bones.

Architects prepare drawings and specifications to show how a building is to be constructed. Those drawings are often refered to as blueprints. They almost certainly are not blueprints, they may be bluelines or blacklines. But I not one to be picky.

These drawings are specific and precise. They don’t leave much room for guesswork. At least they hope not to leave that room.

Back before the modern era and really into the the 20th Century architectural drawings were schematic at best. To look at a school built in the 20’s you would not have many dimensions and hardly any details.

If you go back further in history the architect was considered the “master builder” and they might present a sketch such as the one below for St. Peters to the ‘client’ and then construction would occur with the architect making decisions as the construction progressed. The overall vision might be in his head and understood by others but not the details. The craftsmen on the job played a role in that as well as the particulars of the location. What kind of stone ended up being available, how could it be carved, what skill of craftsman was available, was the soil holding up enough to go higher.

So the architect gave a general idea of where they were headed but not detailed plans. He was there on site to answer questions to give direction as time went on.

Modern thinking brought out the thought that there is a blueprint for church it surely can be found in the Bible. Didn’t the text mention a pattern somewhere? So the text began to be read in a way never before thought of. It was read as a blueprint. A modern blueprint full of detail.

It was never meant to be so. It tried to kill God. Or at least silence him. He had nothing to say that couldn’t be found in the Bible.

His Spirit had no role to play in answering what should we do here. Or maybe more important, I know I’ve seen this before and last time this worked, do you want the same thing again?

No.

Ok. What this time?

That blueprint approach meant that the way we read the print couldn’t differ from place to place. It couldn’t adapt. It was set in paper.

We began to draw bluelines. Lines that seperated and divided. Precise lines. Lines that defined who was in and who was out by their take on a particualar detail, not their demenstration of the spirit, nor by their direction toward being more or less like Jesus.

There seems to be a growing number of people willing to ask God the questions again. To let him be the architect and builder. To reject that cookie cutter approach that what fits on this site will look just as good across the road or across the world.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2006 7:08 pm

    Well, I wouldn’t call it pestering, and I sure wouldn’t have put it in all caps.

    I thought of you when I heard the reference to the blueprint part. You really brought it to life with the details you added.

    Dropping the hard and fast rules of interpretation has really brought the Word to life again for me… in some places for the very first time. God’s Holy Spirit is finally getting to play a part!

    BTW, the sermon was actually on division, not unity! But I’m not one to be picky! 🙂

  2. April 11, 2006 9:27 pm

    The most important thing is to remember who the builder and designer is….and quit trying to make him fit inside our “blue lines.”

    Great thoughts!!

  3. April 12, 2006 8:46 am

    I ordered the tape and got the DVD. I am glad I did. The visuals of the chairs really made it powerful.

    T, thanks so much for your comments! Pattern theology put us in a box that eventually became a casket. A new day dawns! Chains are falling off, graves are being opened and dead men are coming to life in HIM.

  4. Angie permalink
    April 12, 2006 11:48 am

    Oh wow… “theology put us in a box that eventually became a casket.” Man, that’s right on. I’m just thankful to see it. And you know what? I can’t even COMPLAIN about it because look how God used it to open my eyes to Him? You always need some bad news to really make the good news *shine*!!!

    I’m just so, so thankful.

  5. April 12, 2006 12:01 pm

    hum, kind of like we have to die with Christ and be resurected with him.

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