September 2, 2014
Dedicated to my mother Alison who turned 92 recently, and accompanied us on this family adventure.
I was in Australia in August 2014. Ventured out on two hikes in the first two days I was there. In the Flinders Ranges of South Australia we encountered much natural beauty, but also a mysterious death.
We stayed at Gum Creek near Blinman, where from our beds we could watch the sun rise, eat breakfast on the deck overlooking the creek, and photograph the sunset colors on the nearby hills. We saw emus and kangaroos down toward the creek. To cap it off, we could slide the ceiling back and stare at the stars while lying in bed.… More
August 15, 2014
The first church: In Port Lincoln, a center for tuna fishing in Australia, this church was built in a classic architectural style. However, there were rugs hanging out front with For Sale signs on them. The church had been sold to a commercial enterprise. Apparently low attendance could not sustain a pastor. I found myself wondering: is Christian faith no longer relevant here? And is it not relevant to young millennials? Is it not even relevant to older folks?
The second church: Booleroo Whim (Booleroo may be from an aboriginal word for soft mud) was named for a well. One of the few with reliable water in the 1870s when the district was settled.… More
July 29, 2014
The dire words of Jesus# “The sun will grow dark and the moon will no longer shine” are supposed to be about the End Times. In other words, this is when many Christians believe Jesus will return to earth. In the later 1900’s it looked like The Cold War between the Soviets and the West would lead to a nuclear war, and that would be it. But when the Cold War ended we needed to find another way to darken the sun and dim the moon.
A killer asteroid could do it, we realized, as geologists pieced together evidence that an enormous asteroid (six miles across) had wiped out the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.… More
July 4, 2014
Prejudice – Standing up to it – I read where a white woman encountered a group of Aboriginal Australian men on a train. The Aboriginal people are a definite minority in Australia, much as Native Americans are in the USA. Other similarities are assigned reservations, land-rights issues, and high unemployment. I summarize below using her own words what happened to the woman on the train (you can read the full story by clicking on the link):
• At the train station I managed to squeeze into the last carriage. All the seats were taken, except one. Three Aboriginal men were sitting in a four-berth seat so I asked if the fourth seat was being used.… More
June 18, 2014
Please consider reading this blog to your young sons or grandsons who play sport. And forward it to some parent or grandparent who you think might like to do the same thing. Letter 1 was about Tim Tebow. Letter 2 here is about the San Antonio Spurs.
Jaden, I hope you were able to watch the USA Men’s basketball NBA championship games between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. The Spurs won the championship series 4-1 this week, their 5th championship in 15 years, which is a remarkable achievement. Its called a dynasty.
It all started with Tim Duncan, from the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, who was recruited by the San Antonio coach in 1997.… More
June 7, 2014
While having breakfast at a restaurant, I pulled out a jar of vegemite. For those who don’t know, it’s a salty black yeast extract with a strong taste that Americans usually don’t appreciate. I spread it on the toast before lifting on the over-medium eggs. Please don’t laugh……this is the way my dad taught me in Australia. And I love it this way. My curious friend asked me how old was the vegemite.… More
May 26, 2014
I dedicate this blog to Sarena and Staci and Mary Ann and Alison (my mother)…..four women who have demonstrated remarkable strength and faith, hope, and love in the face of physical adversity. This is my 100th blog….thank you Lord for 100 opportunities to write.
Love may be the most misunderstood word in the English language. A woman told me the other day “She loves him, but is not in love with him”. If anyone can explain this to me, please add to the Reply box below.
The Bible provides definitions for two different loves:
Phileo = brotherly love (friendship love). This is exhibited in a close friendship.… More
May 8, 2014
A little history about the mask of Zorro: • In 1847 California, which had been settled by the Spanish, was ceded by Mexico to the US. • Also, in 1848 gold was discovered in California and the gold rush began. • And in 1919 a man called Johnston McCulley wrote a story called The Curse of Capistrano. This was set in Spanish colonial California, before 1847. A rakish individual called Zorro, which means Fox, was invented to confront corrupt society and the cruel Spanish military, and to fight the injustice laid on the oppressed.
All he had was a sword and a horse, but with the cunning of a fox.… More
April 25, 2014
More than 1,000 prophecies are found in the Bible, and a high percentage (~80%) of these have come true. But one has not…… at least up to now. The prophesy (see below) by Jacob that his son Asher would “dip his foot in oil” has led oil and gas explorers to search diligently for oil in Israel. For example John Brown, a born-again Christian from Texas, searched in the 1980’s. He finally admitted the verse might refer to olive oil, of which Israel has plenty**.
According to one expert: “Israel is blessed in the olive oil department, but from its founding had no choice but to import all of its energy—oil, gas, and coal.… More
April 12, 2014
One evening this week, I was feeling sorry for myself. After visiting the dermatologist. I came home with two blood-red biopsy scars on my nose…about an inch apart. And a lot of allergies from the budding cottonwood trees meant I had to handle my runny nose with TLC. My nose looked gruesome after I ditched the band-aids. Dang it, despite this I am gonna go to the local church meeting.
There must have been 700 people in the auditorium when the first song lit up the stage. Lean on Me. An old favorite which boosted my spirits right there. The words and tune spoke to me (see words below).… More