Valley of the Shadow of Death is a photograph by Roger Fenton, taken on April 23, 1855, during the Crimean War. It is one of the most well-known images of war. Fenton observed, "in coming to a ravine called the valley of death, the sight passed all imagination: round shot and shell lay like a … Continue reading Valley of the Shadow of Death
Was the unconscious mind unknown to the prophets and poets of ancient Israel? Or were they aware our awareness had limits? No doubt it would be anachronistic to attribute a modern understanding of the mind to the ancient authors, but I think there's evidence enough that they knew of dark recesses within themselves. Consider for instance … Continue reading The Unconscious Mind in the Sacred Scriptures
Chills on my skin, I feel an Autumn breeze, Red, gold and orange Glow upon the trees. The air is crisp, Refreshing to breathe in, Excitement stirs in my heart As starts a new season. Lord Jesus, I marvel The rhythm You create, Surely but a glimpse Behind Heaven’s gate. With perfection and beauty The … Continue reading Autumn in the air
Did the prophets think God could only speak through them? Did they think the God was mute without them? On the contrary, the prophets recognised it was the Spirit of prophecy who enabled them to speak, and that God could speak through anyone or anything. Job was emphatic on this point: But ask the animals, and … Continue reading Listening to God through the land
God alone is enough By Teresa of Avila Let nothing upset you, let nothing startle you. All things pass; God does not change. Patience wins all it seeks. Whoever has God lacks nothing: God alone is enough.
When people say they find church boring, is it entertainment they're lacking? Or challenge? In his article, Amusing Ourselves To Death, Neil Postman said “I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.” I find it … Continue reading Is entertainment the only cure for boredom?
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. (Matthew 13:15)