Sunday, 31 August 2014

Poetry in motion

September one...the first day of Spring. This portion of the planets climate transforms as flowers begin to bloom & colour gardens & fields. Tiny livestock can be spotted resting in paddocks, after the rain the grass that is now a golden brown  from winter frosts will grow green & coat the hills as the water softens & moistens the dry earth or fills tiny creeks that feeds streams & rivers. Trickling, swirling & bubbling while frogs croak, birds call & kangaroo’s hop & thud in the forest. Ants are busy with maintenance & Rosellas are sharing in a lavish feast of grass seeds as bees buzz from place to place. It’s not that I don’t see the death, the decay & the misery, but something speaks louder or clearer or nearer. The silent & joyful song of Spring in all its design & purpose is here again, it has returned.

Birds of the field (rosella feeding young) 


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Refined for a reason or 10 thousand

There is a whole lot of suffering in this world, at present it's part of the pattern. Surely a power greater than evil & that claims to be good would put a stop to it. It’s what a Good Samaritan would do…right? Is God just walking by unconcerned? Certainly not, every drop of sweat or blood, every tear that drops, each & every cut, break & bruise is known to God.

10,000 reasons



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Survivor: Egypt

I am not up on things regarding cloth & skins from ancient times. I have no idea what colours graced the coat of Joseph given to him by his father. I can be sure though, that when the blood stained coat was returned to Jacob it was accompanied by the lies & deception of Joseph’s brothers. Jacob whom deceived his brother Esau is deceived by his sons.Gen 37:12-36

Joseph “the dreamer” was sold as a slave. How will he survive…by his wits, his intellect, his looks, his strength, networking skills?…or something entirely different.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

No ordinary place @ Planet Earth

Although the earth is seemingly small in significance it is jam packed with abundant kinds of life & resources. After the curse at the time of earth’s first humans & after the flood at the time of Noah we witness an abundance of life as the command to go forth & multiply is divided by death & misery. And what can be said of the distant heavens & the stars that God knows each by name…wonderful, truly wonderful. Ps  147. That the Saviour, no ordinary man, came in flesh to unravel our shame at the cost of his obedient life, defeating Satan, hell & death is cause for great thanks.

Acts 4:12


Friday, 22 August 2014

Picker's pics

I got permission to walk around an older farmer’s property yesterday. He was gracious & put in a few stipulations for my wellbeing which I regretfully abided by (The shed looked really interesting loaded with stuff but it could fall at any time).

There was a time when you could work on cars without too much hassle or knowledge, they seemed to last longer too. I think a lot of the practicableness is gone now as companies look to sure up their market share…The electrical & computer components have their place for sure but they can leave you stranded over the smallest of things… anyway it was nice to walk around in the afternoon after work & get some shots.

They don’t make em like that anymore… well they do… but just a bit differently...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Pies & piety

It’s Friday & for a majority of workers that means the weekend is not far away, Monday to Thursday have been “are we there yet” moments, Wednesday was hump day…. up to the summit & seeing the promised land off in the distance, “any day now I shall be released”. It’s a simple equation, work equals slavery, and the weekend equals freedom. It’s a popular narrative of the burdened but very condensed with its moaning & groaning.

For those that are overworked (& maybe under paid) pushed to their limit or sick the evenings & weekends are a welcome respite & understandably so, for others it’s a repetitive moan of ungratefulness & exaggeration & who hasn’t been there & tasted the tastelessness of self.

Self is probably the world’s biggest religion that had its beginnings in heaven when Satan fell.  Isaiah 14:12-14. It’s a pretty big religion full of servant hood, the thing is you are the master & you get to serve yourself, so you would probably find agreement with  Jesus who said it is better to give than to receive. Acts 20:35. But Jesus also said love your neighbour as yourself & God most of all. In this we find our all in all…each & every day. How do we compare.

Disclaimer: "Looking after or looking out for number one" has biblical merit…if we can’t look after ourselves how can we expect to look after others. But even here we must colour within the lines as we conform to the likeness of God. Rom 12:2

Gotta serve somebody/Dylan : Lyrics




Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Space cowboys

Last night I met the man who recently sung David Bowie in space which in turn received 22 million hits on youtube & counting.…

Towards the very end of the interview  Chris Uhlmann (reporter) asks Chris Hadfield (Astronaut) if there is life out there….Hadfield made no mention of mars or rover but said in the last ten years in our galaxy alone 20 billion earth like planets have been observed, he then goes on to say there are about 200 billion galaxies. Statistically speaking life is out there & anyone who believes that we, the inhabitants of earth are unique when it comes to life suffers from a myopic arrogance…yet so far to date the observational science is backing the myopic arrogance & NASA lives in hope or is that false hope.

I am not surprised by the Astro man being blown away by it all up there in his little tin can amongst all the space junk, it’s not that hard to be blown away down here also when you take time to meditate on the wonders God has done. King David humbly accepts & admires the work of God the Spirit & puts it to music in Psalm 8: 1-9.

That God should come down to us in mercy that we may know His love instead of watching from a distance is a generous act of free grace. For all the planets & stars in their grand array God is into humans & values them deeply.

Looking for love/Urban cowboy


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Always, always

There is a certain amount of danger in challenging sin or sinfulness, yet equally it would seem in challenging a prophet that has the recognition of a vast amount of people. The religous leaders knew this with their strained relationship with Jesus but it is also clear in the relationship between Herod & John the Baptist.

On Herod’s birthday a celebration is in order, a dance to please the King, an oath promised for the pleasure & an interfering mother gets the head of a critic…The pendulum of Church & state across the face of time may lead to persecution & death at times, but even then & there, God is near...

Matt 14:1-12

Heb 13:1-5

Always, always.

Be still my soul / Page CXVI


Monday, 18 August 2014

Going Sola...

"& the more so as the contrast between the good & the evil increases, & evil men get worse, both in their departure from the truth, & in their power to mislead others."
New Bible commentary (Third Edition) IVP

1 Tim 6:11 

Sorry if this seems a bit obscure.
Going Sola is going with Scripture. Historically this stems from the split in the church @ the time of the Reformation. But it also reflects the spiritual battles that have faced the church of God in the Old & in New Testament times & the last days (The church of all ages).

The five solas

The Five Solas are:
  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.


Thursday, 14 August 2014


I have been taking photos again lately, I stopped off to get a silhouette shot whilst on the way to pick up my daughter from soccer training…go the scorpions. It was the sky@dusk in contrast to the property that was going to be the composition, but after turning the car around & finding a safe spot I noticed a smallish roo quietly feeding an opted for some video.

Kangaroo’s generally travel as a big family, for me it’s pleasing to sit & watch them resting & feeding. Their greyish coats of soft fur look particularly beautiful against the golden straw colour of frost bitten grass in the winter time but it’s usually from a fair distance…they spook pretty easily…a couple of seconds & they are gone.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Animated critters & creatures mixing it with humans in space & on earth has become part of the entertainment menu for a long time now. What we usually eat or kill as pests stand side by side with backs against the wall as humanity digs deep to save the planet or the universe or something like that. According to the faith of NASA life beyond earth will be discovered in the next twenty years or so, meanwhile tickets to the edge of the atmosphere are within reach for those with currency to spare, if you can’t make it you now have the opportunity to spread the ashes of a treasured pet up there with the starry night & day, meanwhile the half- blood Percy Jackson with a little help from his friends & the Greek god Poseidon will look after all things liquid...

The Apostle Paul reminds us that there comes a time, you could say a Buzz light year moment, when we see ourselves for who we really are, limited, so very limited in so many ways. Thankfully though, the answer is never to be found in us, but in Christ.  We are weak, no doubt about it, but He is strong as is His everlasting love for his children.   2 Cor 4 : 1-18    

  1. Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the Heaven above;
    Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Savior’s love.
    I, though so unworthy, still am a child of His care;
    For His Word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

If I were a rich man

The love of money as a powerful force was observed by the writer of Ecclesiastes. Ecc 5: 8-10. In this way the Old Testament resonates with the New as Jesus himself warned of the very same thing. The warning is not just for the rich but for all, it will never satisfy, you will never have enough. True enough & easily said but how often do we think just a bit (or a lot) more would bring happiness or satisfaction.

Of course the Bible is not ruling out money or work which can be good things …nor is it ruling out our prayerful requests that God would provide all that we need. But the context is for our body & soul & God knows us better than we know ourselves & His care comes with the richest measure of goodness & love.

Today more than ever (possibly) money & success seem to go hand in hand, a given if you like, have it & you will be OK, have it & you will be esteemed, have it & you have finally made it. The Bible warns against such shallow thinking in this regard, all that glitters is not gold. God knows & He wants us to know it & take hold of it too…

Foolishly we fail to see at times the countless blessings that surround us on a daily basis, loaded up with worry our hearts are facing downwards instead of upwards. What we want & what God teaches don’t always come together as they should.

tuning in to trust

The title & the (reworked)image have been taken from the film "Fiddler on the roof"


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Praise & Gaze

Human intelligence flowing from the image of God that advances & retreats in the span of a life, male or female, has led to some great discoveries. The design of the human eye is really a bit much for me. I could probably grasp it more given enough time & study but it is not up there on my list so far.

I am happy enough just to enjoy its benefits & praise the Creator, resting in His wisdom. There is also a certain amount of delight I get from looking at those 3D optic infused patterns, what appears to be  randomish & repetitive  really has  much more to it. Within it is a very distinct & precise invisible picture with depth.

So it is with this life & the pattern of this world…God calls us to look deeper. He is there in the midst of it giving shape & order to our lives through faith in Christ. Sundays in particular we get to gaze on the greatness of God shown in Christ the redeemer as we head to church.

Psalm 27:4

 2.5 min video of Psalm 27 Sons of Korah

11 minute video of Psalm 27 Sons of Korah


Rudey Nudey (rooodynooody)

This modern modestless world has a lot to offer in terms of the optical peruse, much unedited & explicit when it comes to nudity. At art school I recall copping a lecture from an incensed instructor when I expressed my desire to not attend a life drawing much for tolerance & acceptance from the arty farty (some are accepting). Anyway regarding things nude & naked there is a good post on the Desiring God blog, many good things to consider as we seek to tread a straight path in a crooked world.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

To God be the glory

Church was part of my early upbringing…getting ready for & going to worship/church, hanging around for church cleaning & newsletter printing (hand operated gestetner), BBQ nights, holiday clubs, Sunday dinners etc. etc. The church was next to a small creek & park so we always found something to do eventually. Church of course could be summarised as inconvenient & boring, especially when the minister would pick up my sister & I after a hard day at school for catechism classes or we had to endure an extended Sunday sermon sitting on tin seats watching the overhead fans or discovering how good a reflection I could get off my watch face…do I dare aim at the minister…

The truth is we also had a lot of fun at church & experienced some spectacular learning from dedicated teachers, heaps of stuff, good stuff shedding light on God’s Kingdom in a dark world, darkened by the deceitfulness of sin. In the church too we don’t always know what we’ve got until it’s gone, & by the waters we weep when we remember & so we should, fellowship & friendship that only exists because of the atonement.

God the Father, Christ the Son & the Holy Spirit takes hold of a cold & lonely heart & renews it with power from on high. In the midst of the busyness & boredom God is at work in the world, in countries, states, towns, cities, communities, churches & individuals.

John 17:1-5

a matching tune to the above hymn


Monday, 4 August 2014

R & B (The way we were)

No…not rhythm & blues, it’s royal & barge or royal & big. No CD player or electronic listening device. It’s opera or orchestra at low knots…an oarsome sound. Rock & roll & George Frideric Handel (mixing it with the King...not Elvis) - Water Music

The King liked it so much it was played 3 times.

(no giant yellow rubber ducks yet)

George Frideric Handel - Water Music


J.S. Duck

I haven’t mentioned it before but I teach (I try) a small group of kids Scripture in a neighbouring town/community. Last week the principle mentioned the kids were taking part in a Baroque music component so this week we touched on Handel & some water music as well as Pr 3: 5-6. It was fun as I was already in the room as the kids were at lunch & I was in a homemade costume with a fuzzy wig & long white socks etc….when they came in it was a bit of a surprise to say the least. Below is a slide from the lesson.

Anyhow I was trying (again) to transfer this into a blog post but figured Johann Sebastian Duck was more suited to the YouTube clip. There is just so much beauty & depth of sound & composition in & around the baroque period…

J S Bach: Jesu joy of man’s desiring


Friday, 1 August 2014

water, colour & Word

I like the ocean, it can have a vastness & power that is impressive… a measure of awe & might. On some days though the peeling approaching waves have the clarity of crystal & a soft smooth face that lightly breaks as it rolls onto the shore where the water is dispersed. The sand absorbs its share as the liquid reaches its limit before returning from whence it came. It’s a gentle picture of repeating sights & sounds made all the more stunning by glistening sunlight that sparkles with the colours of the ocean… When the wind is still the water is smooth.

In this tumultuous world God calls me to be still. Ps 37:7. In my heart, in my spirit, I am not to fret. Though wave after wave & scheme after scheme would appear to threaten & undo it will not succeed says God. Faith does not equal failure nor should it equal frustration.

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.