Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, December 26, 2011

Poet's Juncture

Blest proofs of power and grace divine,

That meet us in His word!
May every deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the Lord.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Debate Continued ...

For Augustine, human will is freed by divine grace to believe, not over powered and dragged to Calvary kicking and screaming.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Contentment

Discontentment, and perhaps in certain instances, disappointment are a direct result of a false expectation. False expectations of what life's reality is to be come, stems from the fabrication of a paradigm (a system of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality) which only views life through desires and sugar-coated dreams. The proliferation of this mentality is a result of media and the Prosperity Gospel preached by many generations of Pastors.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Go Pound Sand or Not

We muzzle dogs; shall we leave men free to open their mouths and say what they please?...God makes it plain that the false prophet is to be stoned without mercy. We are to crush beneath our heels all natural affections when his honour is at stake. The father should not spare his child, nor the husband his wife, nor the friend that friend who is dearer to him than life.

--John Calvin, Protestant Reformer and Father of Calvinism (1509-1564)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remonstrance

Why I am of an Arminian bent;

The five points of the Remonstrance asserted that:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Intimacy, Affirmation and Fellowship

Intimacy means a feeling or atmosphere of closeness and openness towards someone else, not necessarily involving sexuality.

Affirmation means a declaration that something is true.

Fellowship means a company of people that shares the same interest or aim or a feeling of friendship, relatedness or connection between people.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Eulogy

Eulogy from Greek. eulogia "praise; good or fine language," to "speak well of."

Lest We Forget

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today) By A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
and he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
in his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Poetry for the Soul

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Civic Reactor

There is a big difference between reacting and responding.
When we react to a situation or crisis we are predominantly moved by emotion.
When we respond to a situation or crisis we are utilizing our thought processes.
It is comparable to the discussion of the difference between being happy and content.
One is emotionally based while the other relies on an attitude.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Legacy: Thanksgiving

Ecclesiastes 2:21, For there is a man whose labour is with wisdom, knowledge and skill, yet he must leave his heritage (legacy) to a man who has not laboured for it. This also is vanity and  a great evil."

Monday, October 03, 2011

Legacy; Trancendence

Exodus 34:7, "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Legacy;

Legacy is a much discussed term in some circles. I recently attended a funeral of a dear man who influenced my life greatly. It was touching and poignant to hear his children and his Pastor speak of his life, even in death his life was the predominant and primary topic. This is because of what is called a legacy, the heritage of his life, and in that, it is the life that was lived that established the precedents, traditions and model for not only his children but everyone whose life was touched by him.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sarx

Sarx means strictly the flesh which is stripped from the bones of an animal; by implication our human nature with all its frailties and weakness, what is finite, perishable, and vulnerable, including our passions.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sarx

"Through the power of death and the devil, sin that reigns in men gives rise to fear and anxiety and to the general instinct of self-preservation or survival. Thus, Satan manipulates man's fear and his desire for self-satisfaction, raising up sin in him...Because of death, man must first attend to the necessities of life in order to stay alive. In this struggle, self-interests are unavoidable. Thus, man is unable to live in accordance with his original destiny of unselfish love. This state of subjection under the reign of death is the root of man's weakness in which he becomes entangled in sin at the urging of the demons and by his own consent.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tradition, Tsunami Stones and Tolerance

Tradition is the by-word for antagonistic intolerance. What tradition has come to mean is the archaic, the non-enlightened, the conservative, “the past” as though there was anything monolithic about the beliefs and practices of previous ages.",  the theological presuppositions or doctrines seen as intolerant to any new-age belief and in this lies its inherent fault. Tradition is usually contrasted with the goal of modernity and is therefore deemed as antiquated and arcane.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Dawkins: My Lame Answer

"If all the evidence in the universe turned in favour of creationism, I would be the first to admit it, and I would immediately change my mind. As things stand, however, all available evidence (and there is a vast amount of it) favours evolution."  — Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Universalism; A Reality Check

Atonement; 1. satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong; a. Reconciliation or an instance of reconciliation between God and humans.


b. Atonement Christianity The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Free-Will; Free Choice

 "But I do not wish to be freed from the consequences of sin... I wish to be freed from the very thought of sin." Gandhi

Monday, July 18, 2011

Long & Short on Pain

As Christians we would like immunity from pain and suffering where in reality we have only received impunity. The Christian life is not one which guarantees success or wealth or health, it's guarantee lies with the One Who's satisfaction began and ended with a relationship with you. It is not reprisal or punishment which underwrites life's pain, it is the random action of others and the choices of ours which determine life's consequences.

The Christian is not adverse from experiencing anything in life which is not common to all men.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

The Vanity of Pleasure



1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” 3 I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Identity; Crisis

July 4th a friend and myself went on a Bike Trip down into Montana.
We were watching the fire works in Troy, when a group of young people in a small SUV drove past us. The driver yells out the window "Anyone who doesn't like America can just f**k off!"

Monday, July 04, 2011

Just 'Say No!"

 "people tend to exercise whatever authority they are given.  And, for many people, the only authority they have, is the power to say no."

The absolute defining moment of free-will is that authority.

It is when we can no longer 'Say No!' that we become slaves.

This has a very pregnant meaning when applied to Christian Theology.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Cat's in the Cradle

Cat's in the Cradle is the title of  a 1974 song, sung by Harry Chapin. It tells the story of a father-son relationship. The storyline is of a son who wishes to interact with his Dad, however, his Dad never has the time. The last verse sums up the relationship, when the Dad attempts to interact with his son, who now has no time for him.

Monday, June 27, 2011

This is a picture of my motorcycle and perhaps my favorite modification. You will notice the three-crosses built into the Chrome Air Filter Cover.

The three-crosses of course have significance in Christian Theology. Alot of people, regardless of their theological bent, have strong feelings towards the Cross. I believe many do not even understand Why?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father-God; A Prayer

Father-God


I praise You and bless You for being my Heavenly Father, for loving me to an extent, which in this life, I may never realize fully.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father-God

Today is Father's Day!!

As we pass through this life there are many operatives which exist forming, defining, shaping who it is that we become.

It is a point of contention that we are specific in our gender classification of God as a 'Father', hence being 'male'.

Many are offended by this gender specification.

"I believe in God, the Father ..."

[God speaking to his people:] “As a mother comforts her child so I will comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Faith; A Journey

"It has long been known that need and desire play a part in the shaping of beliefs. But is it true, as modern psychology often claims, that our religious beliefs are nothing but attempts to satisfy subconscious wishes? That the conception of God is merely a projection of self-seeking emotions, an objectification of subjective needs, the self in disguise? Indeed, the tendency to question the genuineness of man’s concerns about God is a challenge no less serious than the tendency to question the existence of God. We are in greater need of a proof for the authenticity of faith than of a proof for the existence of God." Abraham Joshua Herschel

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Random Borrowed Thoughts On Free-Will

If people are told that free will doesn’t exist, their brains might follow suit.


A test of people who read passages discrediting the notion of free will found an immediate decrease in brain activity related to voluntary action. The findings are just one data point in ongoing scientific investigation of a millennia-old philosophical conundrum, but they raise an intriguing possibility.

Monday, May 23, 2011

End Times

Daniel 12:9 "Go your way, Daniel, for these words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
1 Peter 1:10-12  "As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven -- things into which angels long to look."

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2 Corinthians 1:19-20

"For the Son of God, Jesus Christ ...- was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."

This human project we are engaged in contains thousands of aspects, innuendos, situations and responses.

As we engage in our building of our personal human project we find that we hold many duplicities and hypocrisies, we believe one thing and expound its virtues to whomever will listen and yet, behave and act in a manner entirely contrary to what we say.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

The Human Project; Self

There are those who have faith and hope and there are those who are looking for faith and hope -- Those who have received faith and hope are to love to bring those who are seeking to grace.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Truth Speaks

Salvation means deliverance, an acute dynamic act of snatching one from peril, foiling the intents and purposes of others to do harm, providing a ransom, redemption, reconciliation, restoration, reward, atonement, preservation, by implication safety, security, prosperity, ease and soundness. One of the most distinctive defining concepts behind the word salvation is 'forgiveness'. It is being freed from the guilt and pollution of sin.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

By Faith We Understand

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony."

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Divine Riddle - Love Wins

John 3:3,5,11,8  "Jesus answered and said to him. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God ... Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Friday, April 15, 2011

Revelation 22:15

1 Corinthians 2:7-15,  "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Twenty-Five Years in the Making

Today is the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of my marriage.
The time has gone by so fast!
We have bought and sold property, vehicles, garage-sale items.
We have moved and been moved.
We have vacationed, made friends, seen countless people come and go in our life together.
We have children, I dont' think anything more needs to be said about this,
as Forrest Gump declares "And that's all I have to say about that"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wisdom is Costly Experience

Experience is only experience when it becomes history, an event is only an event after it has 'come to pass.'
Wisdom is never gained passively, it is actively incorporated into life when we are cognizant of it's processes.
There must be a coherent effect upon our personal knowledge (wisdom) in every experience. God waste nothing.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Without Excuse

How many sermons have been preached, How many motivational speakers have addressed the issue, attempting to get people to rise above their circumstances, to stop making excuses, to quit reasoning away their inabilities, to grasp fully, life, with all, this is significant, with all its frailties and opportunities and engage in life for what it is - that being, simply life. Explain to me what other options exist??

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Predetermination

Predetermination means.
1.The act of determining beforehand.

2.Something that has been decided in advance.


The debate surrounding the exegesis of the opposing concepts of predetermination and free-will are profuse and articulate. There have been many who have weighed in to the fray with profound arguments and persuasive rhetoric and as such have provided opportunity for many to form their own opinions and beliefs.  

Friday, March 25, 2011

Four Loves

The Four Lovers

> > Once upon a time, there was a Queen who had four lovers.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Second Generation

My Grandfather homesteaded at the turn of the century. At that time there developed a community of residents, farmers who were sharing mutual hardships and opportunities. A second generation inherited a large potion of those homesteads, settled in the fruit of their fathers labours, raised families, endured subsequent hardships and opportunities. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Third Generation

I am a third generation Canadian. My Grandfather having been born in Montreal and his father having been born in Scotland. In terms of time as related to other cultures and countries it is insignificant, as it only spans 125 years.
Unable to fully comprehend the magnitude of the journey that these men and families of that day undertook to leave their homelands and travel across a sea to a new, raw and ---- existence I can only speculatively reflect on their motivations. What could drive a man to attempt such a drastic relocation?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Job's Theodicy

Deuteronomy 29:29, "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us ... that we may do all the words of this law."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Theodicy: The Question of Innocence

"It is in suffering that the whole human question about God arises; for incomprehensible suffering calls the God of men and women in question. ... For a God who lets the innocent suffer and who permits senseless death is not worthy to be called God at all ... The theism of the almighty and kindly God comes to an end on the rock of suffering..."



"The question of theodicy is not a speculative question; it is a critical one. It is the all-embracing eschatological question. It is not purely theoretical, for it cannot be answered with any new theory about the existing world."  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Bible Matters ...

The Bible is the revealed Word of God to man.
It is the story of God revealing Himself to the people of Israel and all nations.
It is a story of love and acceptance; rejection and redemption; idolatry, adultery and absolution; forsaking and forgiveness; the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Jesus; and so much more.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Freedom is Golden

Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves." The true test of freedom is the fabric of society that is created by freedom. The fabric formed will have cultural insets, faith insets, philosophical insets and moral insets. The fabric, life's reality, contains, plurality and change, faith and structure.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pursuing the Ghost, Freedom

The pursuit of freedom is a honourable objective. It is in the means of that achievement that man flounders.
The whole value of the means depends on their actually serving the end. What is happening predominantly in the quest and defining of freedom is that the overriding purpose served is the placating or edifying of the vanity of man. Consequently all the means are separated from the end goal and are nothing less than vanity and pride.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Heart of Freedom

At the heart of the issue of freedom is the assumption that the only obedience and obligation owed is to one's self.
With this in mind all fears of retaliation, remorse, resentment and retribution are nullified, at least in principle. Fear exists where the freedoms of life are lived with responsibility and accountability. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love,Life & Liberty

Martin Luther King"s words "I have a dream ..." are the heart's cry of all men. His words form context for every man, regardless of creed, faith, nationality, ethnicity, etc,. "I have a dream" with its' universal appeal provides a thread to defining freedom for all men.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rule Of Thumb

In order for a rule to be viable it must safeguard the rights, privileges and freedoms of all. By that definition all freedoms can not be guaranteed. Freedom by implication must ensure the well-being and safety of society.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Folded Arms, Enfolded Spirit

Complacency is forgetting where you came from and being satisfied with where you are.


Contentedness is remembering where you came from and never being completely satisfied with who you are.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Just; Pride and Prejudice

"According to St. Augustine's theology, original sin has three consequences: (1) we don't know where happiness is to be found (ignorance); (2) we look for it in the wrong places (concupiscence); and (3) if we ever find out where it might be found, the will is too weak to pursue it anyway."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pride and Prejudice

Disappoint is a very large word. Although by definition the word refers to a sense of displeasure or an aspect of failed expectations its full implications are really matters of the heart. Of course I am talking about the
relational, not how disappointed I am that I did not win the Lottery.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Or White

A result is black or white. It is the conclusion, the consequence, the outcome, the end-all. It is the final determination of the sequence of events, processes, decisions and choices made prior to the finish.
A result is the final determination without recourse. It is black or white.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Facebook Deleted

Facebook is a social network service. I always considered 'social' to be a verb, however, by definition, it is either a noun or an adjective.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

A Soul's Anchor

Psalms 42:5, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? ... O my God, my soul is cast down within me, ..."

Monday, January 03, 2011

‘NEC TENUI PENNA’

Nec tenui ferar penna – 'On no feeble wing shall I be borne'
The motto means, literally, “nor on weak wing”


A more scholarly tradition identifies it as a fragment from an ode by the Latin poet Horace, the first two lines of which translate:

“On neither weak nor vulgar wing shall I be borne through liquid air.”

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Another Year

Another year is past and another year yawns into the present.

Many at this time search and reflect upon the past and project into the future.

It is a time for resolution, reflection and resolve.

Many will make resolutions for the coming year.