Monthly Archives: May 2014

Inspirational Literature

 my thanks to the Rev Owain Jones for the next two “Book Titles”


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May 31, 2014 · 10:24

The Best Email Interchange EVER


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Eddie Izzard on Religion

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May 30, 2014 · 19:20

Hans Memling, Triptych of Earthy Vanity and Divine Salvation

Hans Memling,
Triptych of Earthy Vanity and Divine Salvation (front),
oil on oak panel, ca. 1485

Hans Memling was born in Germany and later moved to the Netherlands to study under Rogier van der Weyden. He follows the religious symbolic traditions of van der Weyden, and this triptych focuses on the idea of “Memento mori,” a Latin phrase that translates to “Remember your mortality.” Memling’s triptych shockingly contrasts the beauty, luxury and vanity of the mortal earth with images of death and hell. The three panels on the front of this triptych show a beautiful nude looking in a mirror, flanked on either side by images of death and the devil

‘Degenerate churches were described in the Westminster Confession as ‘synagogues of satan’.’ Photograph: Musee des Beaux-Arts

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May 30, 2014 · 11:33

Ascension Deficit Disorder

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May 29, 2014 · 09:37

100 days – Day 37: Ascension Day

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100 days – Day 37: Ascension Day (Thursday, 29 May, 2014)


Salvador Dali, 1948

It is the day the Church celebrates Christ’s ascension to sit by his Father’s side. The mental image we have is that Christ simply “floated” into heaven. Once when preaching to group of very young children on this day several years ago, a minister asked the children what they thought the disciples saw when he ascended.

One little boy answered innocently, “I see the bottom of Jesus’ feet!” Apparently, Salvador Dali felt the same way!

Composers Matthew Bridges and Godfrey Thring Write Crown Him with Many Crowns.
In the 1800s there was great tension between the Catholic and Anglican churches . Crown Him with Many Crowns is a wonderful example of how God takes the troubles of man and turns them around for good (Romans 8:28).

The song was originally penned in 1851 by Matthew Bridges…

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100 days – Day 36: Happiness

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100 days – Day 36: Happiness


This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.because each has been sentas a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,    translation by Coleman Barks


  • Getty   good health and sunshine! 
  • dogs

 My Dogs!

  • innocence

IMGP0758New places (above: Valletta, Malta)


 the Beauty of Nature (photo- Crichton Gardens)

Listening to a favourite song
Looking at a beautiful work of art  (photo – Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence)

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Walls and Bridge Maker (the Pontiff)

Walls and Bridge Maker (the Pontiff)

In One Photo, the Pope Does What Many World Leaders Haven’t Had the Guts For

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May 26, 2014 · 14:06

100 days – Day 34

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100 days – Day 34:    Memorials and Freedom

Once, in the mid 1970s,  I  talked to a school assembly about memorials.I no longer have the notes (it was, after all, almost forty years ago), but I remember mentioning two memorials in particular.The first is to be found in Normandy in northern France – and is dedicated to the memory of one Madame Harel.Who?Well, Marie Harel (nee Fontaine) invented Camembert cheese!  

imageMadame Horel – inventor of Camembert cheese, Normandy

In 1791 by Marie Harel is said to have invented this type of cheese who was a farmer from Normandy. The idea came from a from a priest who was from the town of Brie famous for its cheeses. The abbey who was called Bonvoust supposedly sought refuge with Marie at her farm. In return for the shelter she offered him, he gave to Marie…

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100 days – Day 33: Sermon preached at Dumfries Northwest Church on Sunday, 25 May 2014

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100 days – Day 33

this is an EXTENDED version of a sermon preached today – it is, if you like, “the Director’s Cut”

I’m very fond of watching films – old and new – comedy and drama – adventure and whodunnits.

I’ve got a handful of blurays and DVDs in my sitting room – as Neil will testify!

Plus Sky Movie channels and Netflix on computer.

However, I don’t like romances……  although this one scene from a classic movie is truly memorable.

This is  one of the greatest movies ever and an enduring classic – it’s not a romance, but this scene is romantic in a bitter-sweet way


Casablanca – at the airport Rick and Isla part…….


Ilsa: But what about us?

Rick: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

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