Tolkien believed that all myth, all human stories are mere distortions of a larger narrative, the greatest narrative. It was this belief that eventually drew Lewis to sincerely consider the gospel of Christ, and ultimately bring him to embrace it. The Last Table began as a response to film in this vein of thought, to discover the traces of the ultimate narrative in works of film where it was not entirely apparent.
Over the years, The Last Table has transformed into a sincere and hopeful response to life as a whole. Sincerity being the key, for I believe the often difficult truth of life should never scare us away from sharing it, from responding to it with words, for I believe then is when we can often find hope and a way through. The Last Table is in many ways, my public diary, where I tackle life in an effort to try and find that ultimate narrative, no matter how challenging it may often be.
I've also coupled all my posts with works of art from a variety of artists in history, and this has led The Last Table to additionally have a heavy influence from those artists and their lives. For instance, you'll find traces of Van Gogh's words, that Christ "lived serenely, as an artist greater than all other artists, scorning marble and clay and paint, working in the living flesh," and how this thought influenced many of his actions throughout his life.
And that, I believe with what I'll leave you with, the words of Vincent, "If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent."
Why the last table ?
So, I have named it “The Last Table” as an image of sin and death’s defeat, the community of hopeful love we can now enjoy as a Church, the beauty of creation, the servant/ruler role of Christians, God’s blessing of His children, and God’s eternal reign and eternal communion we will enjoy with Him dearly. It is a look at life through a hopeful and sincere lense.
Finally, it should be noted that the various header images and videos are from Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 version of “The King of Kings." Here my love of film, and silent film in particular, simply won out on the avenue of design. I highly recommend this wonderful film, though please disregard the peculiar and extra-Biblical beginning, with Mary Magdelin as some sort of prostitute princess thing — the rest of the film is phenomenal, and very Gustave Doré or Eugène Delacroix in style.
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