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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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22 Responses to 492

  1. andy amoss says:

    oh wow! i’d love to go to an ice skating church! how cool would that be!

    Quite a haunting image this one actually, looks completely, well, left out, isolated, ignored; like everyone’s gone off to play somewhere else. Possibly because it wants to play a game that everyone else has grown out of. You know, the last kid in the playground still playing ‘that old game’. Playing a game that no longer speaks to where people are at.

  2. Sophie says:

    I think this one’s really pretty, looks really peaceful, like it’s at a safe mooring for the night.

  3. Ben says:

    Interesting theme you have had on these last few posts, I can’t hep thinking that it’s better to be a church that at least puts out to see risking storms or becalmed waters than end up as a church that hides from the world in safe harbour.

  4. zefi says:

    Silent night~

  5. Ben says:

    Interesting theme you have had on these last few posts, I can’t help thinking that it is better to be a church that at least puts out to sea risking the storms and becalmed waters, than end up as a church that hides from the world in safe harbour.

  6. TyTe says:

    Looks kinda eerie, like I want to whisper…

    As a good friend reminded me, “If the ship isn’t moving forward then it can’t be steered.”

  7. Becalmed is bad if you’re a motor boat with:

    i) No fuel
    ii) Broken engine/transmission/propeller/controls
    iii) No way to jury rig a mast and sails
    iv) No radio (hope of rescue)

    Esp. if there are pirates…

  8. JonXlin says:

    I think the different responses you have got from this one are interesting. There are those who find the image comforting and there are those who find it disgustingly stagnant.

  9. clare says:

    JonXlin – I agree, that is interesting. And I like the idea of the ice skating church!!!! I wonder if the way we react to these two cartoons reflects where we are at as we look at them – and whether we are longing for excitement and activity or just some peace and quiet!!!

  10. Laura says:

    to me that looks like a wonderful place to be. Completely isolated form cell phones, email and demanding client needs.

    Wonder if there’s room enough for a cot to just have a lie in and get some rest. Then…it would be perfect.

  11. Carole says:

    Oh this is gorgeous and tranquil. Reminds me of when we said mass one time on the banks of Isola Maggiore in the middle of Lake Trasemino in Italy. It’s a big lake and on that particular day,the water was totally still and mirror-like. Beautiful!

    I don’t find it stagnant at all – too blue to suggest stagnant. But is it the calm before the storm?

  12. Forrest says:

    Hey Y’all;

    clare with #9 you have a point – what we see does kind of depend on where we’re looking at it from.

    Carole in #11 – hmmm . . . – that stomr could come from several sources: oppression by the world; discord within the church itself; or from God propelling the church into uncharted waters of a community, family, or person in crisis who needs Jesus and his body.

    While cartoon caption is about doldrums, which are different from resting, just like God and creation, the church needs its “day of rest” in order to refresh and renew between missions and expenditures of soul and energy.

  13. flayed Hypatia says:

    There is this classic children’s book called The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

    In it, the hero Milo finds himself in the Doldrums, a place where you can only get by not thinking, and where you can only escape by thinking.

    How many churches, taken in this light, are in the Doldrums? And how many will never, unlike Milo and his faithful watchdog Tock, find a way out of them so as to continue their quest to free the Princesses Rhyme and Reason from the demons of Ignorance, a quest that will renew the kingdom of Wisdom?

  14. marcus says:

    isn’t this just the calm after the storm or before the storm?

    Anyway after yesterdays picture we should still all have ht bells ringing in our ears to remind us that even if we are in the doldrums it will not be forever and soon the waves will pick up and we will be ringing out to those who are in need of shelter. I look at this picture and see a time of rest and preparation for what is to come.

  15. marcus says:

    in fact as I look more at the picture I don’t just see a sense of calm I can feel the cool air of a dawning day and smell the fresh scent of sea air reminding me that life is so much bigger than me and that there is a bigger purpose being worked out as we await the new day breaking.

  16. Forrest says:

    Hey Marcus;
    Having been born on southwest desert shores of the Pacific; rasied in southeast Atlantic woodland coasts, inlets, and rivers; and currently residing beside a Midwest river, your scene really strikes home :-D

    That calm is a great way to wake up and join the day while looking forward to the action and energy of the sounds of paddles in the water; or of wind in the sails; and ov waves rolling around the bow.

    The fresh scent of breakfast helps too!

  17. Carole says:

    Forrest, you describe it beautifully – sounds like quite an idyllic and inspirational setting! :)

  18. Ros says:

    Is in the doldrums worse than being in a storm?

  19. Carole says:

    Ros, I suppose it’s OK sometimes to languish a bit, and go nowhere. But if it drags on…

  20. gilly says:

    euw…..i don’t like this image! (sorry)

  21. Christopher says:

    I would love to attend a church as calming and silent as this one.

  22. janetp says:

    Clare (9): I agree (especially about the ice-skating church!)

    To me the ‘sea’ is too smooth & the church doesn’t look real – it looks more like an ornament on one of those glass-topped coffee tables. I wasn’t aware of thinking of the church in this context, but maybe I need to look a little deeper?

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