Saturday, 23 April 2022

The Other Side of Asses?


As a bookworm, I have come across a lot of great quotes. That shouldn’t surprise anyone given that history is full of a lot of interesting people. This quote attributed to the late great Rich Mullins has always been one of my favourites.

I believe that God does still speak through various means and people all the time. Personally, however, I’ve heard Him speak clearer through the still small whispering voice (1 Kings 19:12) as opposed to the loud and obnoxious ass. Perhaps that is what Rich was referring to with this. 😉

Just my random musing. Peace.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

The Other Side of Easter Eggs?

“A true friend is someone who thinks
you’re a good egg, even if you’re cracked.”

For some time now, one of the highlights of our Sunday mornings has become a call to my parents. Living halfway across the country from them as we do, and though I make the trip about three times per year, I am grateful for these weekly phone and Zoom visits. Isn’t it amazing how we often take that technology for granted?

As we concluded our chat this morning, I mentioned that I was about to prepare breakfast. Dad asked if I was going to make Easter eggs (now you know where my brothers and I get it from - ha, ha). Logical question, I suppose, given that today is Easter Sunday. I thought about that as the oatmeal was cooking and the eggs were boiling. Easter eggs? Why not?! I’ve never claimed to have artistic skills, but I’d try. Who says that you can’t teach an old dog some new tricks? Not bad for a first attempt, wouldn’t you say? 😉

Happy Easter.

And now, lest we forget what it really is all about:

“And with great power the apostles were giving
their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great grace was upon them all.”
(Acts 4:33; ESV)

He Is Risen!

Friday, 15 April 2022

The Other Side of the Bookworm

It's not hoarding
if it's books.

Several years ago I boxed up several boxes of books and gave them away. Since then, a few others have been gifted, while others were loaned out and never found their way home. More recently I got inspired to count the volumes in my home library. Much to my surprise, they still numbered just over 1000 books. 

While most are English, there are also a few other languages represented, including some Spanish, German, Latin, Hebrew, Greek and other ancient languages. There is even an elementary grammar of the Assyrian language in cuneiform type (which I have yet to figure out). The oldest, and most fragile, book in my collection dates to the year 1771 CE.

The library features a variety of theology and philosophy, history and historical novels. There are assorted reference works, famous biographies and language studies. Family authored and published books further complement the collection. There are even some volumes found on banned book lists (though I have never understood the logic or wisdom of banning books). Some books have been inherited and others are destined to be bequeathed, since I am neither the first generation bookworm nor last in my family. Just as I still have my eye on some books in my father's library, my son also has his eye on some in mine. Perhaps there will be a bibliophile or two in future family generations as well. I hope so.

Cataloguing and organizing is a never ending chore, but an enjoyable one. Like all hobbies, for me books are not only a relaxing pastime, but an opportunity to continue something my parents taught us from an early age: lifelong learning. I am thankful for that example of theirs. The fact is, however, life is too short to read and learn everything that still remains on my bucket list. Perhaps that explains why bookworms regularly have two or three books on the go at any given time. That's certainly true in our home.

A biblical writer once wrote, "Of making many books there is no end" (Ecclesiastes 12:12). I am reminded of this every time I visit another of my favourite places; a local used bookstore owned and operated by a friend of mine. It is hard not to walk out of her store without another awesome discovery or two tucked under my arm. The downside, if I can call it that, is that inevitably more shelves will have to be built. In my way of thinking, however, that's not a bad problem; I already have an idea where the next shelf can go. As someone is quoted to have said, "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books. That's kind of the same thing." I like that.

Finally, in closing I leave you with a quote attributed to Mark Twain: "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." What good books have you read lately? Thanks for the visit. Peace.


Tuesday, 12 April 2022

The Other Side of Putin’s War?

“In the midst of chaos,
there is also opportunity.”
-Sun Tzu, ‘The Art of War’

There is nothing to laugh about when it comes to war. Having said that, I have to confess that I chuckled when this image was first sent to me. I know, I know; it is not very politically correct to laugh at death, even a fictitious one. However, the Russian leader’s aggression against Ukraine is also not politically correct. So I say, etiquette has already been thrown out in this tragedy; go ahead and allow yourself at least a good smirk. Who knows, but maybe Ukraine will have their chance at this selfie one day. Now wouldn’t that be something to chuckle about?! Hmm.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

The Other Side of the Grace of God

It is really quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all.

I have been reading some church history again lately, both pre and post Reformation. There sure are a lot of ‘not our finest hours’ at virtually every turn! It is actually really quite sad. Have you ever wondered about that? From so called holy wars to burnings at the stake of those who thought differently than the status quo. From dissensions and factions to denominationalism and the more modern church splits. This is the love of Christ? I have sometimes mused that it is no wonder that many in the world are not interested in what the church is selling. GOD forgive us!

I thought about that again this morning as I read part of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. To continue with the context of the above Scripture passage (Amplified translation):

7. Not that there is [or could be] any other [genuine Gospel], but there are [obviously] some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you [with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel] and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) [into something which it absolutely is not]. 8. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!

Taken one step further, where does my Christian walk line up in this? Am I walking and living the true Gospel of Christ, or some other man-made pseudo-gospel? Whose gospel are we really following? Hmm, I wonder sometimes.

Yes, it really is quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all. Still, perhaps therein lies the greatest proof of the graceful hand of GOD in our faith. Despite the world’s objections and the church’s infamous and often pseudo-gospel history, two thousand years later the love of GOD still remains. Maybe that’s the greatest miracle of all. Peace and blessings, friends.

Wise Men Still Seek Him!

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Subject to Interpretation?

“Wear a mask,” they said.

“Over the chin and nose,” they said.

“Subject to interpretation,” I said.

No, I didn’t really say that, but they did. For the record, I am not an anti-masker or conspiracy theorist, but I am a humorist who loves a good laugh. Ever since this Covid pandemic started, I’ve heard people remind other people about how to properly wear a mask; over the chin and nose. As I thought about that, I also mused about how many ways those instructions might be subject to interpretation. Perhaps this is one of those ways. Technically correct? Hmm.