“You Still Drive That Thing?”

  We drive a Buick.  It doesn’t really feel like it, but it’s getting to be an “old” Buick.  Getting close to 300,000 kms on the clock.  It’s a 1996, inherited from Ruth’s late parents, Myrrl and Ethel. I keep a supply of answers ready for the ever-new crowd, always upgrading everything from iPhones toContinue reading ““You Still Drive That Thing?””

“Montaigne on The Most Illustrious of Your Occupations”

  “Our world is formed only for ostentation; men inflate themselves with wind and go bounding around like balls. “We are great fools. ‘He has spent his life in idleness,’ we say.  ‘I have done nothing today.’  What have you not lived? That is the most illustrious of your occupations. “‘If I had been placedContinue reading ““Montaigne on The Most Illustrious of Your Occupations””

“Sheathed With Silver and Shining Gold”

“Even while you lie among the sheepfolds, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold” (Ps 68:13). I always like this promise of divine favour.  You may not be on the scene. You may not be dressed for battle. Quite the opposite.  You might be in “recline.” But GodContinue reading ““Sheathed With Silver and Shining Gold””

From Curling to Hockey in One Tense Night

Happened to watch some Final-Round Curling and some Play-Off Hockey on the same night. Yikes. The one puts you into a lethargic Lotos-land of pleasure. Pass me another donut. The other is so fast-paced it leaves you gasping for breath! And on this particular night, as they carried the wobbling wounded off the ice, itContinue reading “From Curling to Hockey in One Tense Night”

“Failure to Surrender”

I was stopped by the police on the way to church one Easter Sunday! “Doing a hundred-and-six,” said the officer, “in an eighty.” That’s kilometres. Officer Gallagher picked it up on his reverse radar. “But where was the sign?,” I asked, instinctively. I’m from Zambia, where the signs are largely invisible. This officer ignored suchContinue reading ““Failure to Surrender””

“Good-Friday 1613, Riding Westward” (John Donne)

But that Christ on His cross did rise and fall, Sin had eternally benighted all. Yet dare I almost be glad, I do not see That spectacle of too much weight for me. Who sees Gods face, that shines with life, must die ; What a death were it then to see God die? ItContinue reading ““Good-Friday 1613, Riding Westward” (John Donne)”

“FB is a lot Like a Grapefruit”

Another year of Facebook! Think about it… the “social network!” Such a cool invention, a place to be sensitive and insightful, to bless all your friends with your fresh inspiration and ideals! Or, on a given Monday, you can even be out of sorts and garrulous, grumbling and contentious about this and that… blights andContinue reading ““FB is a lot Like a Grapefruit””

“A Herd of Elephantine Needs”

It’s very fascinating to watch a herd of elephants come out of the bush to a pool for a drink at the end of day. You’d think that it would take a lot of gurgling and slurping to fill those huge bodies with fluid. Adult males weighing in at two tons apiece, needing 300 gallonsContinue reading ““A Herd of Elephantine Needs””

Rise Up and Shake Yourself, as though Nothing Has Changed

Oh Samson rises up and shakes himself as of old, “not knowing that the Lord had departed from him” (Judges 16:20). Saddest words! Oh saddest words! May it never be said of one!! And what a sight he is, this confident, strong man. He loves this game! “The Philistines upon me? What again??” I seeContinue reading “Rise Up and Shake Yourself, as though Nothing Has Changed”

Bishop Cyprian of Carthage on the Unity of the Church (248 ad)

Does he who does not hold this unity of the Church think that he holds the faith? Does he who strives against and resists the Church trust that he is in the Church, when Paul says, “There is one body, and one spirit, one hope of our calling…” This unity we ought firmly to holdContinue reading “Bishop Cyprian of Carthage on the Unity of the Church (248 ad)”