Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saturday In Design Singapore x Olympus Trip 35

Saturday Indesign Singapore: Warehouse 72-13 Saturday Indesign Singapore: Warehouse 72-13
Saturday Indesign Singapore: Warehouse 72-13 Saturday Indesign Singapore: Warehouse 72-13
National Museum of Singapore Saturday Indesign Singapore: XTRA
Saturday In design Singapore: Vitra Saturday Indesign Singapore: Vitra
Saturday Indesign Singapore: Vitra Saturday Indesign Singapore: Coffee Dude
HDB Flat Singapore Saturday Indesign Singapore: Bene + Waldmann Lighting
Saturday Indesign Singapore: Bene + Waldmann Lighting Saturday Indesign Singapore: Bene + Waldmann Lighting
Keong Siak Street Singapore with view of The Pinnacle at Duxton Saturday Indesign Singapore: Pomelo
Saturday Indesign Singapore: Pomelo Saturday Indesign Singapore: Pomelo
Saturday Indesign Singapore: Pomelo Saturday Indesign Singapore: Pomelo
A happy afternoon perusing wares at Saturday In Design Singapore, the first of what's slated to be an annual trade event for the design community. Quite a bit of the exhibits were not new, but it was fun to see them all at one shot, observe tropes and discuss the concept of cross-fertilisation of ideas in a "globalised world".

Grateful that God has given us the ability to find beauty in inanimate manmade objects - the Mattiazzi Branca, especially (a Vimeo on its manufacture).

Explained the cost of following Christ from Mark 8 and 10 during this week's Christianity Explored course. Good questions at the end - people not so concerned about the cost or about historicity, but about different ways of interpreting the Bible and hypocrisy of Christians.

Was interesting to hear Dick Lucas (or was it Jonathan Fletcher?) observe, during a sermon on Isaiah, that the challenge to the preacher is always to convince non-believers that God is not for them, and to convince believers that God is for them. A soundbite that is as inaccurate/vague as some contemporary Christian music?

Sometimes, maudlin CCM lyrics encapsulate the riches of a Puritan sermon. Case in point, "you're altogether lovely" from Here I Am To Worship. Says my homeboy, John Flavel in Christ Altogether Lovely:

1. Is Jesus Christ altogether lovely? Then I beseech you set your souls upon this lovely Jesus. I am sure such an object as has been here represented, would compel love from the coldest breast and hardest heart. Away with those empty nothings, away with this vain deceitful world, which deserves not the thousandth part of the love you give it. Let all stand aside and give way to Christ. O if only you knew his worth and excellency, what he is in himself, what he has done for you, and deserved from you, you would need no arguments of mine to persuade you to love him!

2. Esteem nothing lovely except as it is enjoyed in Christ, or used for the sake of Christ. Love nothing for itself, love nothing separate from Jesus Christ. In two things we all sin in love of created things. We sin in the excess of our affections, loving them above the proper value of mere created things. We also sin in the inordinacy of our affections, that is to say we give our love for created things a priority it should never have.

3. Let us all be humbled for the corruption of our hearts that are so eager in their affections for vanities and trifles and so hard to be persuaded to the love of Christ, who is altogether lovely. O how many pour out streams of love and delight upon the vain and empty created thing; while no arguments can draw forth one drop of love from their stubborn and unbelieving hearts to Jesus Christ! I have read of one Joannes Mollius, who was observed to go often alone, and weep bitterly; and being pressed by a friend to know the cause of his troubles, said "O! it grieves me that I cannot bring this heart of mine to love Jesus Christ more fervently."

4. Represent Christ to the world as he is, by your behaviour towards him. Is he altogether lovely? Let all the world see and know that he is so, by your delights in him and communion with him; zeal for him, and readiness to part with any other lovely thing upon his account. Proclaim his excellencies to the world, as the spouse did in these verses. Persuade them how much your beloved is better than any other beloved. Show his glorious excellencies as you speak of him; hold him forth to others, as he is in himself: altogether lovely. See that you "walk worthy of him unto all well pleasing," Col. 1:10. "Show forth the praises of Christ," 1 Pet. 2:19. Let not that "worthy name be blasphemed through you," James 2:7. He is glorious in himself, and he is sure to put glory upon you; take heed that you do not put shame and dishonours upon him; he has committed his honour to you, do not betray that trust.

5. Never be ashamed to be counted as a Christian: he is altogether lovely; he can never be a shame to you; it will be your great sin to be ashamed of him. Some men glory in their shame; do not let yourself be ashamed of your glory. If you will be ashamed of Christ now, he will be ashamed of you when he shall appear in his own glory, and the glory of all his holy angels. Be ashamed of nothing but sin; and among other sins, be ashamed especially for this sin, that you have no more love for him who is altogether lovely.

6. Be willing to leave every thing that is lovely upon earth, in order that you may be with the altogether lovely Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. Lift up your voices with the bride, Rev. 20:20 "Come Lord Jesus, come quickly." It is true, you must pass through the pangs of death into his intimacy and enjoyment; but surely it is worth suffering much more than that to be with this lovely Jesus. "The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and the patient waiting for Jesus Christ," 2 Thes.3:5.

7. Let the loveliness of Christ draw all men to him. Is loveliness in the creature so attractive? And can the transcendent loveliness of Christ draw none? O the blindness of man! If you see no beauty in Christ that causes you to desire him, it is because the god of this world has blinded your minds.

8. Strive to be Christ-like, if ever you would be lovely in the eyes of God and man. Certainly, my brethren, it is only the Spirit of Christ within you, and the beauty of Christ upon you, which can make you lovely persons. The more you resemble him in holiness, the more will you show of true excellence and loveliness; and the more frequent and spiritual your communication and communion with Christ is, the more of the beauty and loveliness of Christ will be stamped upon your spirits, changing you into the same image, from glory to glory. Amen.

Photos thanks to Olympus Trip 35 x Fujifilm 400 x baking in hot sun x Triple D Minilab at Burlington Square (via Peek!)
Olympus Trip 35


At June 05, 2011 5:21 pm , Anonymous cupboard hubbard said...

ooh you have the Trip!!! i nearly bought one. haha.


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