Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God

Yesterday was the 273rd anniversary of Jonathan Edwards' sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. This sermon is seen as an important event and exemplar of the preaching during the First Great Awakening, a period of fervent religious revival in the American colonies. Edwards' argument basically establishes that sinners (us) are in danger of the punishment of a just God, and that the only thing that is keeping us from that punishment for the time being is God's own mercy. The solution, as he argues, is to repent of our sins and turn to Christ. Mr. Mandalorian illustrated this in LEGO for a school assignment (I've actually blogged this here before, but heard a news item yesterday about the anniversary and thought it was timely).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Salt Lake Temple

David Jungheim built this version of the Salt Lake Temple. The real structure on Temple Square in Salt Lake City was dedicated in 1893 and is the center of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vor Frue Kirke

Vor Frue Kirke, the Church of Our Lady (here in LEGO by Lasse VestergÄrd), is the Cathedral of Copenhagen and the National Cathedral of Denmark. Churches have stood at this location since 1187, but the current cathedral was built in the early 1800's.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sacred grove

James Pegrum made this Druid's sacred grove. Here's his description:

200cBC, Medionemeton (now in Southern Scotland). A Druid leaves the Sacred Grove and heads back to his local tribe.
During the Iron Age the Druids were a priestly class within Celtic society, both in and beyond Britain. These priests played an important part in Celtic society. It took 20 years of training to become a Druid (according to Caesar). The Greeks and Romans writers also refer to the druids making human sacrifices, a matter which lead the Romans to pursue the druids and try to stop their religion.
The Druids carried out their rituals in Sacred Groves (Nemetons), which were small groups of trees were surrounded by a ditch and possible with a palisade around the enclosure (I've shown it with burning torches!).
The druids did not write and so their is little written records about these mystical priests. The main records come from the Greeks and Romans.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Buddha's Birthday

Two days ago many around the world celebrated the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama about 2500 years ago in Nepal. Andybear and Aki made this mosaic. They include a lotus flower in the picture; in Buddhism this is a symbol of enlightenment. The lotus grows in murky, muddy water, which is symbolic of the natural state of the person, but then the flower struggles and grows and rises above, and eventually opens up into a beautiful bloom, symbolizing the enlightened soul.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

All scripture?

The missing chunks out of the Bible in BMW_Indy's II Timothy 3:16 are his commentary on how many Christians ignore parts that are inconvenient to them, while ALL scripture is God-breathed.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Official Anubis

Anubis has found his way into multiple official LEGO sets as well, the only religious character to do so (albeit from a dead religion). As the jackal-headed god is highly recognizable, he shows up in sets every time LEGO ventures into Egypt. The Oasis Ambush and Sphinx Secret Surprise sets both include Anubis statues.

Set 5988 is the Temple of Anubis, and he is both in a statue and in the heiroglyphics.

Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb features two Anubis statues, and also the Ark of the Covenant.

LEGO came back to Egypt a couple of years ago with the Pharoah's Quest sets, and again Anubis was there. As a sphinx in Rise of the Sphinx and then as an Anubis guard minifig in the Scorpion Pyramid set.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Here are some more LEGO renditions of Anubis:

Pascal built this temple.

Sir Nadroj built these statues.

David Alexander Smith made Anubis and Ra.

This version was in the "LEGO: Secrets of the Pharoahs display at Science World Vancouver.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


One of the roles of Anubis in ancient Egyptian belief was the weighing of the heart. After death, Anubis would compare the deceased's heart to an ostrich feather representing truth. If the heart was heavier (therefore impure), the demon Ammit would devour the soul. Otherwise the soul would go on to immortality with Osiris. Inquisitor88 depicts Anubis and his scales.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Anubis (here by the Deathly Halliwell), was an important god of the dead in ancient Egypt. He was associated with the whole mummification practice and burial and the passage of the dead into the afterlife. He is most often shown as having the body of a man and the head of a jackal.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
MOC by Sir Valiant.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11

MOC by customBRICKS

Maundy Thursday

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday, the day Christians remember the Last Supper and the night Jesus was arrested. At the last supper, Christ said "This is my body" and "This is my blood", pointing to how he was about to give his body up for sacrifice and have his blood spilled for his followers. Ever since Christians have celebrated holy communion in remembrance of that night, but there has been debate among branches of Christianity about what is actually going on in that ritual. Some believe that the bread and wine are mere symbols, pointing us to remember Christ's sacrifice. Others believe in a more literal reading of Christ's words, feeling that in some mystical way the bread and wine actually take on the substance of Christ's body and blood, either at the point of blessing (transubstantiation) or in some way at all times (consubstatiation). This communion scene was on Pinterest; it was attributed to ValGlaser on Etsy, but that person seems to have deleted their Etsy account, so I don't have a link to the original.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why is this night, no, a couple of nights ago, different from all other nights?

Sorry, I've been a bad blogger and didn't blog for the past couple of days. Two nights ago was the first night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. The Israelites had become slaves in Egypt, and God heard them crying out. He sent Moses to confront Pharaoh, and caused ten plagues to come upon the Egyptians. Many of these events are illustrated here in LEGO by Athos. The Passover itself remembers the tenth and most horrible plague - God sent the angel of death through Egypt to kill every first born son. The only ones spared were the Israelites, who had sacrificed lambs and painted the lambs' blood above their doorposts, as seen below. Pharoah was so devastated by this plague that he relented and let the Israelites go (though he then changed his mind, leading to the confrontation at the Red Sea). Today Jews remember this night and the events around the Exodus with the Passover Seder, a ritual meal with lots of symbolism. See this post from last year for Joanna Brichetto's LEGO seder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. As Fithboy illustrates here, a week before his crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. "The Coming of Zion's King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" Zechariah 9:9. The people sang his praises and laid palm branches and their cloaks on the ground before him.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Satanic LEGO?

Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest This is one of those crazy stories that hits the intertubes and then runs around different media. The fact that it first came out on April 1 should be suggestive, but some news stories are reporting additional remarks to an AP reporter on April 4, so maybe this guy is serious. As the story goes, the priest is supposedly complaining about the Monster Fighters sets that include vampires, werewolves, etc., and also cites a story from last year about the increasing number of "angry" faces for LEGO figures. I'm 99% sure that this is all an April Fools joke that got picked up by a news organization, and then other news organizations picked it up from there, etc, but I've seen people complain about Harry Potter, etc, so who knows?

BTW, I'm personally most offended that the picture above, which I grabbed from the Telegraph article on this, actually has Megablox, not LEGO, as the backdrop for the vampire figure. There has to be some midrash expansion on Deuteronomy 22:11 saying that it is wrong to mix LEGO and Megablox.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beth Sholom Synagogue

Tim S built the Beth Sholom Synagogue, a synagogue outside of Philadelphia designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Anyone going to the Noah movie this weekend? AdventureStar built the ark (hmm, now I want to burst in to a chorus of Rise and Shine).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Creation of Adam

Nathan Sawaya made this detail from Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, illustrating Genesis 2:7. The original, of course, is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.