Friday, 25 November 2016

Thermodynamically winding down

I am taking a break from posting on my blog. It has been a busy time of late with off line projects and with the Christmas season approaching and summer kicking into gear this seems like a good time to pull the plug for now. I hope to be still taking photos, getting into art and exploring ways to express Christianity on a personal level. So I guess I am going to reconfigure stuff that is already there in my life as other people allegedly evolve (uphill or downhill?)

It is my prayer and hope that people have been encouraged, educated or challenged by what I have produced and made public, ultimately to consider Christ and the legitimacy of God’s Word in this broken and beautiful world filled with sadness and joy.

There is a reason why Jesus came and made an impact that is spanning the globe across the ages. There is a spiritual reason why many are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. There is a God and He has made himself known in every season. He is here and He will return as He calls us to be in, but not of, the world. 


Tuesday, 22 November 2016


It was swamp people territory (minus the crocodiles and rifles). The sun was going down and the evening light was gloriously golden as the hemisphere went into cooling mode as the universe was doing it's thing. I had been moving in and out of reeds looking for frogs but finding dragonflies that were maybe planning on settling in for the night. The variation of colour schemes is manifold, although they often fly quickly they also pause to hover and like to land here and there which is good as it enables time to focus.

Depth of field enables the subject to be captured in focus while diffusing the background if desired. In a way it creates a bit of mystery or helps to keep focus on a particular place and not get distracted (sounds like a good time to introduce a sermon or a lesson about the Bible!)

This is the same insect from two different angles. The first was from the west looking east, as it turns out just too bright. The second from the south looking north which is the better shot, but I like the first better.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Boots and All

Some find it easier to love an animal rather than a human as we become selective and comfortable with our limited and poor examples of love. In loving God we learn to love His creation and those created in His image…It doesn’t come naturally as we often think only of ourselves.

It has been said (over and over again) that by being immersed in nature we can connect with God. This is true, but only to a point and no further and what we would be connecting with would be what God has made, not God himself. Furthermore nature for all its sublime design, beauty and magnitude bears witness to some pretty horrendous and shocking things because of the curse. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus, everything else falls short. John 14:5-14. John 1:1-18.

God came down, took on human flesh and got amongst us so to speak. He knows what it is like to suffer and he definitely knows what it is like to live... in the fullest of measures and without sin. There is nothing half hearted about God.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Here I Stanza

The Psalms are honest and reveal or mirror our inward struggles, they speak about personal failure, being on the edge or deep down in a hole or pit with no way out. The Psalms are real and are read and relied upon on a daily basis. Old Testament life was full of song, no cars, no radios or batteries but very much full of song and travelling. When it comes to Jesus it is easy enough to grasp the idea that He read the Scriptures, but He sang them also. Matt 26:30.The I AM Tunes & Lyrics are beautifully designed and structured for modern day living also. Some things never change despite claims to the contrary.



Wednesday, 16 November 2016

God knows the trends but He doesnt follow them.

I can still remember going to church again in my early twenties and hearing Scripture publicly read. The Psalms could be so beautiful and poetic, full of praise and delight in God or His creation. Then in the next moment judgements and protests would be pouring out against the wicked. It was a shock to my system to hear stuff like that, even after being in church from birth into my early teens. It seemed like a contradiction, especially after hearing about the love of God. When the Psalms are read today they don’t stand by themselves but fit into the context of the fulfilment of Scripture and the coming of Christ.

But even then, the same spiritual battles exist, the same loving and merciful God, the same God of justice. God has his enemies as does the church. “How dare God or Christians instruct me in what I should and shouldn’t do”, I am my own boss thank you very much, your ways have nothing to do with me! & so it goes… the political, spiritual, individual activism unwilling to be reconciled to God.

Yes the rich and the powerful strut about, the not so journalistic media whip up their ideological storms while the earth groans in expectation of some better news. Sexual immorality & lies are common place and pleasure is the name of the game. False religion is practised on a large scale. It is the same rebellion, just clothed in modernity.

So I can joyfully and confidently read or sing the Psalms. Sing about my own rebellion & how Christ conquered me and healed me. I can sing about the storms and the sunshine, I can sing about a loving God who does not and will not turn a blind eye to injustice. Psalm 37:1-40.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A battle of consequences and aftermath

Chess to me seems to indicate a church and state relationship times two. But I see no Bible there or a piece that represents God. Today we have secularism (atheism-no God allowed), ideology and state that is waging its own wars and crusades with and against humanity. The aim is to knock Christianity off the board with much protest, mocking & outrage.

With chess the pieces are quiet and that permits limited time to think, with secular belief the priests of humanism want to do the thinking for you. The so called ‘free thinkers’ don’t want  religious people to think, just follow the rules of an unstable society that doesn’t really know where it is going or where it has come from, try as it might.

The Christian church has so very often been under attack and accusation, in the time of the Patriarchs, the prophets, the judges, Esther, Kings, Pharaohs, Caesars, Herod’s, Hitler’s and so. Seemingly hanging by a thread, pursued and persecuted on many fronts yet its purposes remain, solid as a rock.God still moves in the high and low places and His face is against those who do evil.Psalm 34:1-22.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Over the moon

The world is one big family tree, divided in spirit and at war with each other and God. It is out on a limb and boasting much.

We are all related says Scripture, Humanity is one big family. Being down the genealogy line and having branched off here and there over the years we have lost contact with what matters most. To make matters worse, we lost contact with God but that was no accidental wandering, it was a deliberate act and we inherit the outcomes based decision to rebel (original sin). So it is a pretty big and nasty mess and a lot of people are out to save face and hence the truth is in short supply while accusations fly, time rolls on & the past becomes a blur. 

God stepped in as only He could, the only one who can truly say “time is on His side.” He stepped in for Abraham & He stepped in for the Nations as Matthew & Luke point out after much study.” Good things take time and that’s the good news being proclaimed today. God has come near again, in His nearness we find healing and redemption. The beauty is that he will not drift off again, God has come near and he has come to stay for good and forever in the hearts and lives of those he dearly loves. Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham, more super than nature.


Friday, 11 November 2016


Don’t get me wrong, I think it is good to complain now and then, or even have a good cry. Tapping into our sadness is better than denial and a strict adherence to positive thinking and forced smiles like a body builder on cue.

Naomi knew and expressed her sadness but didn’t let go of Bethlehem, Job put it out there and the book of Psalms give expression to our anxiety and woes. But these passages of time and Scripture don’t lead us down a dead end street of no hope or a cul de sac to go round and round like a fish in a bowl.

In our sufferings is the deep love of Jesus, His compassions they fail not. He lifts us up at the right time, taking away our veil of gloominess. Putting our confidence in God, He takes us out of the loop of misery, puts us on His shoulders that we may see the brighter tomorrow. In God we trust, He truly, truly knows best.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Its a bug's life

So lately I have been visiting this little plot of land that is being restored to pre-settlement days when native trees and grasses were prolific and unhindered (back when even then tribes and communities battled and animosity dwelt in the hearts of humanity.) In the heat of the day and the cool of the evening, usually about an hour at a time I will walk around carefully and click away.

It is a place where flies look like bees and bees look like flies. The insect world is very cloak and dagger post fall (as is all of life really). Introduced species have also upset the balance. We may see glimpses of Eden and only imagine how good it was.We are a species wandering far away from our homeland hundreds of generations past.

It will come again, the restoration of all things & death shall no longer reign, the sting of death & the stink of decay will be gone. Sadness will be washed away for ever more…Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. God is making life great again, through the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all eternity.Rev 22:1-5.

Take heed of His call as you enjoy much of His created order damaged and burdened by original sin.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sweet Communion

Lots of religions involve prayer. Some prayers take the shape of an inscribed or embossed wheel or a decorated flag, a candle or incense.

As a kid and growing up watching a fair bit of TV, the Trinitarian formula and the sign of the cross used to show up in comedy sketches and movies. Hail Mary’s were common & later on when getting into cars I learnt about a guy called Christopher who could allegedly give you safe travel.

As far as I can tell, none of this is biblical except the incense as a pleasing aroma, but that was part of the OT covenant with Israel that no longer abides.

Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Matt 6:5-15.It encapsulates what is required lest we invent all manner of things, which we are prone to do as we seek to think that we know best. 

The New Testament offers more on how we should and shouldn’t pray. Prayer is integral to living life in communion with a holy God on a daily basis. Just as important & necessary as food and drink for a body that hungers and thirsts.

It is not our hands that pray, but our hearts and head as God turns His ear, so to speak. Already knowing our needs and wants yet ever glad to see us living by faith and not by sight.


Monday, 7 November 2016

In orbit

Are all religions the same? Are all the planets the same…No, one is unique & stands apart from all the rest. Similar in many ways yet the differences are outstanding. Only one is life giving and life sustaining. John 1:1-18.

Life was not, is not, a freakish accident, blind chance, how about that,or a dream...


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Places of love and learning.

Being away from home and attending a different church/denomination on a Sunday can have its rewarding experiences. We attended an Anglican worship service in Quirindi in the morning, a church bell, stained glass narratives & some liturgical responses were new in one way & old as Scripture & Eternal as God in another.

The sermon was on Malachi 2 & 2 Peter 3. Does God care about justice? He surely does and our impatience often born out of self- interest is something God also cares about.

A church can be a building in one sense but it is also the people of God and our actions. How we treat others in the light of God’s guiding Word & His created order & image etc.

A lot of people think Universities & Museums are the places where learning & intellect flourish. Yet the Christ child thought otherwise and further more engaged the human heart with its great need also. In God all things come together & with Him there is no better place to be.

Luke 2:41-52.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Almost Summertime Blues & Greens & Browns & Orange

I have discovered a little spot (Tenambit Landcare) to take some photos while my son does his soccer training. I have passed it many times on my way to and from work also but never investigated the area. Down the track about half a kilometre is a tree that is providing a feast for all kinds of insects.

I don’t know all the names of stuff from a scientific perspective but can tell the difference between flies, bees & beetles, parrots etc. The design, function, colour and patterns are just amazing and in a way that is to be expected seeing God is amazing. So what is it, expected or amazing or both. And that is just one tiny fragment of God’s intelligent design filled with complexity and diversity with limits.

Being almost summer and near a swamp I have been extra careful walking around due to snakes being on the move.